AUSTRALIAN FIREFIGHTERS SAVE THE WORLD'S ONLY GROVES OF PREHISTORIC WOLLEMI PINES. NPR recently reported on this miraculous success by Australian firefighters to protect the ancient Wollrmi Pine "a prehistoric tree species that has outlived the dinosaurs." Caleb, Megan & Jim
"Wollemia nobilis peaked in abundance 34 million to 65 million years ago, before a steady decline. Today, only 200 of the trees exist in their natural environment — all within the canyons of Wollemi National Park, just 100 miles west of Sydney.
"The trees are so rare that they were thought to be extinct until 1994.
"That's the year David Noble, an officer with the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, rappelled into a narrow canyon and came across a grove of large trees he didn't recognize…
"'These are the only living Wollemi pines found anywhere on the planet in their natural environment. These pines used to cover the whole of Australia. Now they're only found in a very small and secret location in New South Wales.'"