Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Acquiring land for conservation reserves

Land is acquired by transfer of public land, the voluntary sale or transfer of private land, bequests and donations, and biodiversity offsets.

Over seven million hectares of NSW are managed and protected for conservation by NPWS. This network of some 870 reserves covers close to 9 per cent of the state. It is the legacy of collaborative involvement by governments, volunteer groups and individuals that began with the establishment of what is now Royal National Park, the world's second national park, in 1879.

But the job is still unfinished. Many of the state's ecosystems are poorly represented in the reserve network. For the conservation of these ecosystems, and to improve the management configuration of existing reserves, we need to acquire more land for the reserve system. NPWS acquires land for the National Park Estate through various means including the transfer of other public land, the voluntary sale or transfer of private land, bequests and donations, and through biodiversity offsets.

What are our priorities in acquiring land?
See which regions and types of environment need to be better represented in the NSW reserve system.

How does the land acquisition process work?
We only buy if you want to sell. Find out how we assess the conservation value of your land and negotiate a fair price.

Help conservation without selling your land
Interested in protecting the natural and cultural values on your property? Find out about conservation agreements, wildlife refuges and the Conservation Partners Program.

Donating or bequeathing your land or money for conservation
Suitable land (or money for land purchase) can be donated directly to NPWS. You can investigate this option further by writing to the Chief Executive of the Office of Environment and Heritage. Alternatively, tax deductions and other exemptions may be available by donating your land or money through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife 


Page last updated: 13 October 2015