Family connections at South Esk Pine Reserve

on 12 May 2015 

Graham Ellis, a cousin of Rosslyn Jones, undertook a research tour of Tasmania in February this year, seeking out the memory of Rosslyn. Alistair Dermer spent some time with Graham at South Esk Pine Reserve.

Rosslyn Marie Jones (Rozzi) was a 19 year old biology student, running a 20 metre rapid with several young activists during the height of the Frankin campaign, when her raft tipped over and she was sucked under a boulder the size of a house, her body was never found – Sydney Morning Herald, 1998

South Esk Pine Reserve was acquired in 1998 with the support of Rosslyn's parents and dedicated to her memory.

Callitris oblonga (South Esk Pine), a member of the cyprus family, is an important component of the nationally vulnerable black gum – South Esk Pine's forest vegetation type. They have been reduced to just 600 hectares growing along the banks of a handful of Tasmania's rivers.

That's why Bush Heritage stepped in to save this tiny but incredibly important patch of bushland. The reserve protects one of the largest stands of this sub-species left in the world.

This day out was a great reminder of the deep conections individuals have with our reserves – thanks Graham!