from listserve Dendrocronology and Huon pines

John Paul Sanborn sanbornj at execpc.com
Tue Sep 14 17:02:30 EST 1999


From:
        "Frank W. Telewski" <telewski at BEAL.CPP.MSU.EDU>

7:49 AM

 Subject:
        Threat to Huon pine at Mt Read in Southern Hemisphere
     To:
        AABGACOL at LIST.MSU.EDU




Dear List Participants,

I am forwarding this message posted to the Dendrochronology
(Tree Ring Analysis) listserver since it contains information
related to plant conservation as well as dendrochronology.

Frank
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Frank W. Telewski, Associate Professor and Curator
W.J. Beal Botanical Garden
Michigan State University

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Subject:      Threat to Huon pine at Mt Read in Southern Hemisphere
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Dear fellows
re: Lake Johnston [Mt Read] Draft Management Plan

The following is an important political request for support from you to
help
prevent the destruction of a very valuable dendro-resource for the
global
community: Huon pine at Mt Read

All you need do to show your support for conserving the remarkable and
unique Huon pine trees at Mt Read is to send a message to
mtread at mail.com
containing your name and affiliation by 1 October 1999.

Please also forward this message on to anyone else who may be
interested.

More details are presented in the following three short paragraphs. This

complements other information provided by Kathyn Allen (University of
Tasmania, Australia) posted earlier this month. Please contact Kathy or
myself for further information

Indeed, contact the Dept. Primary Industires, Water and Environment
(DPIWE,
see details at end) primarily,

Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment,
Mr David Llewellyn

e-mail: davidl at dpiwe.tas.gov.au (David Llewellyn)
cc: mtread at mail.com
Fax :   (03) 6224 0617


Huon pine is a long-lived conifer species (Lagarostrobos franklinii)
endemic
to the west coast of Tasmania, presently exposed to the Southern Ocean
in
the Southern Hemisphere. An important stand of approximately 300 stems
on Mt
Read (1123 m a.s.l.) is unique because it is near the species' upper
altitudinal boundary, all Huon pine trees are male (vegetative
propagation)
and genetically very similar, it is responsive to temperature, it has
been
cross-dated to construct a dendrochronological record extending back
over
2500 years, it complements other Huon pine dendrochronological records
including one extending back over 12 000 years at Stanley River..., and
it
is now under serious threat by the Local Government's proposal to make
it a
tourist park.

The State Government is clearly not aware of the scientific value of
this
particular stand of Huon pine trees. As a tourist attraction, as "the 10
500
year old tree" it is a fraud. As scenery it is less splendid than other
Huon
pine sites at lower altitude. High correlation between Huon pine
tree-ring
width and the longest available instrumental records of temperature
(<200
years) indicates the high value of, in particular, this stand of trees
as a
palaeo-thermometer. This should be much more than enough reason NOT to
destroy it. Personally I have used samples from these stems to build
coherent records of 13C/12C and  18O/16O records to infer long-term
physiology over the interval AD 1800-1994. I can vouch that this is a
remarkable site with long-lived Huon pine that represent a very precious

resource with great potential to provide foreseen and perhaps unforeseen

benefits to the global community. The Local Government is making a
mistake
and they believe incorrectly that weakly-substantial economic benefit
now in
the short-term is the way to proceed, largely to secure votes for the
political future of one or more individuals.

We as a local group of people (concerned scientists /conservationists)
who
believe in the potential of this site to provide to the wider community
much
more than the Local Government realise and refuse (doggedly) to
acknowledge,
now need the support of the international community. This fragile but
important site will not tolerate up to "700 visitors per year" without
serious impact to it. Judging by long-term variations recorded by
tree-ring
width and isotopes, this stand of Huon pine has recorded atmospheric and

climatic variations for thousands of years. Additional impact planned by
the
State Government is not only a threat to the continuation of these
records
but a threat to the site and the conservation of these trees.

I again urge you to please show your support by sending a message to
mtread at mail.com containing your name and affiliation by 1 October 1999.
Importantly, please also forward this message on to anyone else who may
be
interested in showing support.

Contact details for DPIWE are:
Minister for Primary Industries, Water and Environment,
Mr David Llewellyn

Secretary for Primary Industries, Water and Environment,
Mr Kim Evans

DEPARTMENT of  PRIMARY INDUSTRIES, WATER and ENVIRONMENT
Head Office, Hobart
Marine Board Building, 1 Franklin Wharf
HOBART TAS 7001
Telephone +61 3 6233 8011
Fax +61 3 6234 1335
e-mail: davidl at dpiwe.tas.gov.au (David Llewellyn)
cc:     mtread at mail.com
Fax :   (03) 6224 0617

Mr David Llewellyn
Offices:
1 Franklin Square Hobart
Ph.    (03) 6233 6454
Fax : (03) 6224 0617
148 Gilbert St. Latrobe
0418 122 048
1 Byatt Court Scamander
(03) 6372 5399
2 Circle St. New Norfolk
0418 122 048
After Hours:
11 Corinth St. Howrah
(03) 6247 9699
Mobile
0418 122 048
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Requests for copies: Lake Johnston [Mt Read] Draft Management Plan
Steve harris at steveha at dpiwe.tas.gov.au. [cc: mtread at mail.com]

David A. Pepper
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
Phone +61 2 9351 3078, Fax +61 2 9351 4119
Email davidp at emu.usyd.edu.au


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