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New England Tableland - bioregional-scale conservation

About 220,481.15 hectares or 7.7 per cent of the New England Tablelands Bioregion is managed as conservation tenures.

The system of national parks and nature reserves is the major contributor in terms of area and security of protection. National parks and nature reserves (NPW Act 1974) occupy the largest proportion of this area, managing a total area of 182,049.64 hectares, or about 6.36 per cent of the bioregion. Approximately 50,927.48 hectares of the area of national parks and nature reserves is also wilderness (Wilderness Act 1987), and occupies about 1.78 per cent of the bioregion.

Other lands managed under the provisions of the NPW Act 1974 comprise the Stonewoman Aboriginal Area, occupying 1.88 hectares or 0.0001 per cent of the bioregion, and the Torrington State Recreation Area which occupies 29,530.78 hectares or 1.03 per cent of the bioregion. Reserves also being managed by the NPWS under the Crown Lands Act 1989 occupy 219.44 hectares or 0.01 per cent of the bioregion.

Some landholders in the bioregion have entered into private land conservation arrangements under the provisions of the NPW Act 1974. These include 7 properties managed by covenants under the voluntary conservation agreement program (occupying about 597 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion) and 8 properties with wildlife refuges comprising an area of 6,239.96 hectares or 0.22 per cent of the bioregion.

Landholders on 16 properties also hold property agreements under the provisions of the NVC Act 1997. The conservation zones of these occupy about 1,046.91 hectares or 0.04 per cent of the bioregion.

There are 4 flora reserves (Forestry Act 1916) contributing particularly towards flora conservation in the bioregion. These occupy about 795 hectares or 0.03 per cent of the bioregion.

State forests (under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1916) occur in the bioregion. Each has various degrees of zoning from commercial forestry to conservation. They occupy about 136,064.91 hectares or 4.76 per cent of the bioregion.

The only Indigenous Protected Area in NSW (under the Indigenous Protected Area Program, Environment Australia) is located in the bioregion and occupies 480 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion.

Note: This information is an extract from 'The Bioregions of New South Wales: their biodiversity, conservation and history' (2003) NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Hurstville and the data is current for 2003, the date of the publication.

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