With the arrival of 2016, we’ve embarked on an outreach ecology project that we hope you’ll be interested in: A Visitor’s Guide to the Giant Trees of Tasmania. Drawing on more than ten years of researching, photographing, climbing into, and enthusing about these remarkable individuals, the Visitor’s Guide aims to be a starting point for those interested in meeting these ancient individuals.
To bring this guidebook and archive into reality, we’re hoping you, dear reader, could help us track down lesser-known candidate trees for inclusion on this list.
At this stage, we’ve got a pretty good sense of where the remaining giant wet-forest eucalypts are, but we’d greatly appreciate leads on:
- giant trees of non-eucalyptus species within Tasmania
- giant eucalypts of the drier forest
- township and rural eucalypts of exceptional size.
If at all possible, an exact location, a photograph, and a species identification would be invaluable. Please be sensitive to access considerations: i.e. probably best not to include any trees hidden on remote private property.
We’ll keep you in the loop as the project comes together. We aim to have a dedicated web page online soon and a portable guidebook before end-2016. And of course, it will be a great excuse for field trips around the island.
The Editor of Tasmanian Geographic is a shadowy and mysterious figure who often found deep underground, in the treetop branches, on coastal beaches, or high in the mountains.
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