Australia is a no doubt a sunburnt country and our unique landscape shares a long and important relationship with fire. But even our most fire-adapted plants were devastated by the intense summer bushfires. While new growth is emerging and cutting-edge science is saving species - there's still a long road to recovery for our flora that went up in flames.
More than 11 million hectares of land burned across Australia over a period of about six months and it is estimated that between 3–7.2 billion trees were potentially impacted.
In this episode of Branch Out you'll discover the amazing fire survival mechanisms of plants, the recovery efforts to save some species from extinction and the potential long-term effects and future outlook of our fire seasons.
You'll also be transported to the day of an amazing rescue mission that took place in a secret location in the Blue Mountains where the intense Gospers Mountain Fire threatened the critically endangered Wollemi Pine population.
Hit play below to take a deep dive into the unprecendeted bushfires with this inspiring and knowledgeable guest line up: