Warrumbungle National Park

Park management

This park was created in October 1953. It covers an area of 23,311 hectares.

Management documents

You'll find a lot more information about this park in its management plans. In particular, plans of management contain a large amount of information on the natural environments, Aboriginal heritage, history, and recreational opportunities in a particular park. Fire management strategies outline when and how hazard reduction will be carried out in key areas of the park.

Many types of management plans go through a formal draft stage where they are open for public comment. The plans are only finalised and put into effect after all public submissions have been considered.

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Management programs

Fox baiting is undertaken regularly in the park, usually using 1080 poison baits. The focus is on maintaining perimeter baiting around known brush-tailed rock wallaby colonies. Ground shooting is also occasionally undertaken in conjunction with poisoning. The main factor limiting the success of the baiting program is that when foxes in the park are poisoned, other foxes move in from the surrounding areas.

Pigs and feral cats are shot or trapped using cage traps. Poison baiting is also used to control pig numbers during wetter years when populations increase significantly.

Feral goats are shot and trapped. Two aerial culls are conducted each year. Aerial culling is the best method of control as much of the park is rugged and inaccessible for mustering or ground shooting. The aerial shooting focuses on areas around the brush-tailed rock wallaby colonies. This program has reduced the population around the colonies significantly, however it's not possible to use this form of control near walking tracks and visitor areas. Portable traps are set up near these areas.

To date, all methods of control of blue heliotrope have failed. A biological control is currently being investigated by the CSIRO.

Chemical and biological controls are used to control other weed species in the park. Manual removal is also used on small infestations (for example St John's wort).

Because many of the weeds of concern are groundcovers which favour bare, disturbed soils and open conditions, the focus of weed management efforts has switched over time to revegetating open areas. Thousands of native trees have been planted and this has had some success in reducing weed density.

Ongoing heavy grazing, mainly by eastern grey kangaroos, also helps in weed control. A 70 hectare area was fenced in 1997 and kangaroo numbers in this area have been reduced to a controlled population. This has resulted in an improvement in native groundcover and a reduction in weed cover. Further research will be undertaken in this area and the control of kangaroo populations in the wider park investigated.