Photographer Jocelyn Carlin

Environmental Stories from the Pacific Region

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Copyright © Jocelyn Carlin 2009
On 'Landcare' projects native seedlings are planted on private and public land such as roadside reserves. But heavy loads on roadsides provide fuel for wildfire and 'death traps' when there is no-where else to run. Eucalypts shed leaves that take years to break down and building up with fallen branches they create serious danger to road users. There are usually dozens of seedlings and around 70-80% will survive to grow as a spindly copse of vertical 'fuel'. Eucalypts burn because of the volatile oils in the leaves. Councils don't tend roadsides, except to clear fallen trees and limbs off the roads. This debris is piled back onto the verges to provide an even bigger fuel load for the next wildfire.
Other Galleries in this exhibition
Pacific Kiribati 09 | Environmental Stories from the Pacific Region | Pacific News -Tonga | Pacific News - Tonga2 | Another War Story | Tuvalu | Legacy Tuvalu - The Footprint on Funafuti | American Samoa and Samoa | Solomon Islands | Nauru/Kiribati/Fiji