Mt. Useful

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Mt Useful: Spot’s Second Snow Trip. Still plenty of snow for you snow bunnies to enjoy. Mt Useful is about 1450m, so there ought to be good fun around Baw Baw etc. Much of the snowgum forest there (and elsewhere) has been dreadfully ruined by bushfire. Large areas have not regenerated. All areas contain huge quantities of dead timber which is beginning to fall which will create a worse fire next time which will certainly kill the snow gums. I wonder whether this succession is what created the ‘High Plains’ in the past, which are definitely not above the tree line really. In any case routine fuel reduction fires would have prevented this destruction.

Thousands of hectares of fire killed snow gums
Thousands of hectares of fire killed snow gums
Our forests look beautiful in the snow.
Our forests look beautiful in the snow.
Our forests look beautiful in the snow.
Our forests look beautiful in the snow.
Lots of timber down everywhere.
Lots of timber down everywhere.
Frozen tarn.
Frozen tarn.
A more elegantly shod Cindie had left her shoe: cold tootsies!
A more elegantly shod Cindie had left her shoe: cold tootsies!
Alas, so many snow gums are not coming back.
Alas, so many snow gums are not coming back.
Snow bunnies: tower track: Mt Useful
Snow bunnies: tower track: Mt Useful

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