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Issue 7, 13 April 2015

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Events This Week:

Wed 15 April
NPAQs 85th Birthday

Upcoming Events:

Wed 22 April
Social and Topics of Interest Evening:
QPWS and DEHP on national park acquisitions and management

Other Calendar Dates:

Sat 11 - Sun 19 April
Nature Play Week

Sat 11 - Sun 19 April
Australian Heritage Week

Sat 18 April 
World Heritage Day

Mon 20 April
The Wonderful World of Bryophytes seminar

Wed 22 April
Queensland Environmental Education expo

Wed 22 April
International Mother Earth Day

Wed 22 April
Earth Day

Sun 26 April 
Glossy Black Cockatoo ID training

22nd April presentation by Qld Parks and Wildlife Service and Dept Environment and Heritage Protection

Don't forget this key date to hear about what the current State Government is doing in the area of national park acquisitions and management.  Many issues, such as grazing on-park, remain to be resolved before we can truly call our national parks protected.  Details to the left.

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

NPAQs submission to the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Review focused on the retention and expansion of the Coral Sea Marine Park, which covers approximately 51% of the Coral Sea Marine Reserve, and is otherwise known as a Green Zone (an area that prevents any extractive use such as fishing, trawling, etc).  Read the NPAQs submission.

Endangered cassowary further imperilled

While protected in many northern Queensland national parks, scientists estimate that only 2000-4400 cassowaries remain, spread over an area of 730,000 hectares.  Recent media has highlighted the threats to this species which include the loss and fragmentation of habitat, vehicle strikes, dog attacks, human interactions, pigs, disease and natural catastrophic events (DEHP).  Cassowaries are particularly vulnerable on the coastal lowlands of the Wet Tropics which has been dramatically modified by land clearing for farming, urban settlement and other development.  Six cassowaries have been killed in the Mission and Bramston area alone this year. 

Must read books recommended by NPAQ

Burning Bush: A Fire History of Australia by Stephen Pyne
Pyne traces the impact of fire in Australia, showing that it has been a powerful environmental determinant, shaping both social and natural histories.  
"The author of this eloquent and provocative book is an American academic who specialises in the history and management of fire." - Simon Caterson, editor at The Age.  Read the full review.  

Burning Issues: Sustainability and Management of Australia's Southern Forests by Mark Adams and Peter Attiwill
This book gives an account of the role of fire in Australia's ecosystems, how we have to accept and live with fire, and how we can manage fire both for safety and for diversity.  It aims to change people's attitudes to fire, and to be influential in encouraging changes in land management by government agencies.  Read a sample of the book.

Advertise in NPAQs magazine, Protected

NPAQ recently released launched its bimonthly magazine, Protected, with in depth news on national parks, feature national park and feature walk articles, feature species, and upcoming events.  

Protected is distributed to about 2,000 members and subscribers, is available at all of our main events and events we visit, and it is accessible via our website.  In addition, Protected is also distributed via the Queensland Government's WildNet database which is accessed by staff within the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing; Department of Environment and Heritage Protection - Science Division; Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation; Department of Agriculture and Fisheries; and the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.  


Take a look at Protected.

Contact NPAQ if you are interested in advertising for your business or organisation in NPAQs official magazine.

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