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The secret quest to save the last wild 'dinosaur trees,' once nearly extinct, from Australian fires; More than 100 million years ago, Wollemi pines covered Australia, scientists say. Today, there are less than 200 left in the wild.

Jan 16, 2020 - Washington Post Blogs

Their mission was secret, and its location even more so.

As blazing wildfires scorched Australia, helicopters dove inside a gorge in the sandstone plateau. Deeper below, hundreds of feet past the looming cliffs, a team of specialists jumped out of the choppers to a site known only to a handful of people.

Their objective was simple: to save the trees.

In what Australian officials called "an unprecedented environmental protection mission," firefighters were deployed in recent wee...