Scientists Warn More Frequent and Intense Bushfires Threaten Tasmania’s Giant Mountain Ash Population

The Tasmanian eucalypt tree Brett Mifsud is about to climb is more than 500 years old, roughly 22 metres in diameter, and pushing nearly 75 metres tall.

In sheer volume alone — at over 300 cubic metres — this mountain ash is one of the largest trees in Australia.

In terms of flowering plants, it is one of the largest on Earth.

But Mr Mifsud fears this tree, along with a handful of others that remain in Tasmania’s south-west, could be the last generation of giant trees in the country.

Their biggest risk? Fire.

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