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The alps

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

Old Snow Gum. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

Bogong High Plains. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Koala

Koala

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

Alpine Ash sappling. Photo: Mark Antos

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: The alps

 

The alps are characterised by granite and sandstone peaks with rounded mountain tops and plateaus.

The highest mountain areas support a rich mosaic of heathland, grassland and alpine bog communities.

At slightly lower altitudes these ‘treeless islands’ give way to subalpine woodlands comprising small, multi-stemmed, snow gums usually less than 10m tall.

More about the alps

  • A mere 0.5 per cent of Australia is truly ‘treeless’ alpine.
  • Climatic conditions are harsh
  • Typically covered in snow for more than a third of the year
  • Plants and animals have evolved to cope with environmental extremes – low temperatures, high winds, snow cover for long periods and seasonal inundation
  • Many species are found only in the alpine area including several species at risk of extinction, such as the Baw Baw Frog, Alpine Water Skink, Mountain Pygmy-possum and Stirling Stonefly.

Key Threats

Alpine-adapted species are vulnerable to:

  • Climate change impacts such as changes in snow cover, streamflows and frequency of large scale wildfire
  • Weed invasion
  • Grazing by exotic animals and predation by foxes.

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Westerfolds parkrun

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parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families, prams and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the…

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Yarra Valley / Kinglane Naturewise Experience

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