Monday, April 2, 2018

Why are more trees dying along the Monaro Highway near the Snowy Mountains?

Almost five years after revealing images of vast swathes of dead trees on the Monaro were first published on these pages, queries about the extent of the tree graveyard continue to fill this column's inbox.
A typical vista of dead trees in the Monaro.
The widespread form of dieback which covers an area of over 2000 square kilometres and has resulted in thousands of gum trees, mainly Ribbon Gums (Eucalyptus viminalis), is especially noticeable alongside the highway between Cooma and Jindabyne, where in some spots it appears as if every tree is dead.


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