Mediocre footage I captured of the falls:
On the way to the falls and back, Barry shared some of his vast knowledge of the park. He brought up climate change and effects it’s having/will have on specific aspects of Lamington.
To be honest, I must’ve been intently soaking up the magnificent rainforest during the whole of the hike because I don’t think I can write an entire blog post just from what Barry shared with us.
Luckily, I found a 196-page assessment to compliment Barry’s discussion of climate change & the Antarctic beech (The good stuff is on page 93).
Yup – You’re correct if you guessed the Antarctic beech is vulnerable to climate change.
Here’s how it goes:
1. The Antarctic Beech has a disjunct distribution (Department of Climate Change)
This means the Antarctic Beech was geographically separated from its original home, and because of that, has endured a completely altered environment – In this case, the beech originates from Gondwana – a supercontinent consisting of Antarctica, Australia, South America & Africa (so Southern Hemisphere) dating back hundreds of millions of years ago.
Upon researching this, I thought all flora must have disjunct distribution if Earth’s landmass was, at one point, all connected. I guess an easy answer to that discrepancy is that not all flora are old to be from Gondwana, Laurasia, etc.
2. The species can resist moderate fire but very little seedling regeneration occurs where frequency of severe fire is too great (Department)
3. Fire-tolerant species will invade and beech seedlings will not regenerate (Department)
So if we’re talking Lamington, the eucalypt tree would be an applicable fire-tolerant species. Although this tree burns, and is in fact very flammable, it’s able to regenerate after a fire.
4. Antarctic Beech will cease to exist
I tried ending my post with that last bullet point but figured it was too daunting. Below I share multimedia I captured at Lamington – Reminders of what we’re fighting to sustain.
(You won’t see bird in vid – Click here for photo)