Case Study Phytophthora and Mt State Worth National Park Essays

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PART 1. PHYTOPHTHORA AND Mt. WORTH STATE PARK
Phytophthora which is responsible for the root rots is also known as jarrah dieback, cinnamon fungus and wildflower dieback.
Most phytophthora species produces three types of spores, zoospores, oospores and chlamydospores. Among these two major types found are zoospores and chlamydospores. Zoospores are formed in sporangium. Each sporangium roughly produces 20-30 zoospores. Production of zoospores occurs normally in moist conditions and around temperature range of 22-28°C. Two flagella helps their motility and they can survive up to four days. On the other hand chlamydospores are produced when conditions are unfavourable. They are also produced from mycelium, but they possess thick cell
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Amount of rain and types of vegetation have kept the major fire outbreak to very rare occasion. The fire protection measures in the park are in accordance with Centre Gippsland fire protection plan. This aims to protect human life, property and park values from injury by fire, minimise the adverse effects of fire and fire suppression methods and maintaining the fire regime appropriate to flora and fauna.
The following management strategies are in place to prevent fire at the state park
- Ensuring that the fire protection and suppression are carried out in accordance with Central Gippsland Fire Protection Plan
- Preparing the fire management plan for the park such as it covers the following criteria,
- Slashing primary access tracks and around the Moonlight creek picnic area, McDonalds Track picnic area, the residencies, the depot and the viewpoints.
- Removal of vegetation as necessary.
- An emergency plan for visitor’s safety.
- Liaisons with CFA, Amcor plantations and other adjoining land holders.
- Rehabilitation of the disturbed fire control lines and other disturbed areas resulting from fire and fire suppression facilities as soon as possible after wildfire. According to the Mt. Worth State Park management plan the two major pest plants in the park are Ragwort and Blackberry, and two major pest animals are Rabbits and

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