"The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do." Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, Inaugural Vincent Lingiari Memorial Lecture, August 1996.
In a discussion in August 2018, Bernie Evans indicated that he thought this assessment was probably the last to be conducted using pack horses.
"The main summer programme comprised assessment surveys of alpine ash forests in the Mt. Misery locality of Omeo forest district, in the vicinity of the Bluff in the headwaters of the North Jamieson river in Mansfield forest district, and in the Mt. Ewen locality near Dargo in Briagolong forest district. These were based on systematic sampling at close intervals and were greatly facilitated by the use of aerial photo interpretation."