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Helen BS: Bushfires in Australia - Feb 2009-2020 (489* d) RE: BS: Bushfires in Australia - Feb 2009 15 Jan 20

I've been wondering whether the Wollemi pine trees were saved from the bushfire in the Wollemi National Park.


Prehistoric Wollemi pines saved from New South Wales bushfires

The prehistoric Wollemi Pines, which pre-date the dinosaurs, have been saved by a specialist team of remote firefighters from bushfires ravaging the area.

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the trees are in a secret location to avoid contamination and were thought to be extinct before 1994.

"Wollemi National Park is the only place in the world where these trees are found in the wild and, with less than 200 left, we knew we needed to do everything we could to save them," Mr Kean said.

The operation included large air tankers laying fire retardant and specialist firefighters being winched into the remote site by helicopters to set up an irrigation system in the gorge to increase the moisture content of the ground fuels.

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