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South East Corner - conservation status analysis

This page shows the conservation status of the bioregion, based on protection of landscapes within formal conservation management mechanisms.

The numbered landscapes referred to in the text are described briefly in the table at the bottom of the page. These landscapes were identified in the State Conservation Monitoring Project. In this project, a total of 1167 landscapes were described, combining three layers: ruggedness, geology and subregions.

Landscape-scale conservation

The South East Corner Bioregion is composed of 69 landscapes (NPWS in prep). Three landscapes (1094 with an area of 280500.00 hectares or 21.64 per cent of the bioregion, 1097 with an area of 155,100.00 hectares and occupying 11.96 per cent of the bioregion and 1129 with 197,300.00 hectares or 15.22 per cent of the bioregion) occupy almost half of the bioregional area.

The majority of the remaining landscapes occupy less than 1 per cent of the bioregional area. Three of the 69 landscapes (1015, 1136, and 1161) are not represented in any of the conservation tenures, and 66.67 per cent of the area of Landscape 1015 is cleared.

National parks and nature reserves

Sixty-four of the 69 landscapes are represented in national parks and nature reserves. Twelve landscapes (948, 949, 1012, 1016, 1017, 1064,1090, 1092, 1096, 1112, 1143,1 145), some of which are relatively small, have 100 per cent of their area represented and in fact only 20 of these have less than 20 per cent of their bioregional area represented in the bioregion.

Historic site

The Davidson Whaling Station historic site incorporates more (15.98 ha) of Landscape 1097, which already has approximately 29 per cent of its area represented in the reserve system. Of course the intention of the historic site is to conserve the historic heritage.

Voluntary conservation agreements

Seven landscapes are represented in voluntary conservation agreements:

  • Landscape 1134 with 2.68 hectares or 0.02 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1132 with 20.99 hectares or 0.07 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1095 with 21.16 hectares or 0.04 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1097 with 27.35 hectares or 0.02 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1133 with 29.79 hectares or 0.03 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1094 with 45.40 hectares or 0.02 per cent of its bioregional area; and
  • Landscape 1129 with 563.72 hectares or 0.29 per cent of its bioregional area.

 

These have a variety of geology and ruggedness but all originate in the South East Coastal Ranges subregion. They are all represented in the reserves system.

Wildlife refuges

Twelve landscapes (1135, 1141, 1140, 1159, 1099, 1094, 1134, 1129, 1100, 1133, 1097 and 1128) are represented in wildlife refuges. All are also represented in the reserve system. These range from low to moderate ruggedness and with a variety of geology and originate in the Bateman and the South East Coastal Ranges subregions.

Crown reserves

Seven landscapes with a range of ruggedness and geology are represented in crown reserves. All but one have less than 2 per cent of their bioregional area represented in crown reserves and are also represented in the reserve system. These landscapes are:

  • Landscape 1133 with 10.30 hectares or 0.01 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1132 with 15.51 hectares or 0.05 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1129 with 17.89 hectares or 0.01 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1094 with 72.30 hectares or 0.03 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1097 with 137.08 hectares or 0.09 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1109 with 171.72 hectares or 4.29 per cent of its bioregional area; and
  • Landscape 1076 with 423.60 hectares or 1.58 per cent of its bioregional area.

 

Property agreements

Five landscapes are represented in property agreements. They occupy landscapes within the South East Coastal Ranges, Monaro and Bateman subregions and are all of low ruggedness with a variety of geology. All are also represented in the reserve system and have less than 1 per cent of the bioregional area of the landscape included in the program. These landscapes are:

  • Landscape 1097 with 4.70 hectares or <0.01 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1008 with 7.05 hectares or 0.03 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1134 with 14.03 hectares or 0.11 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1140 with 23.69 hectares or 0.99 per cent of its bioregional area;
  • Landscape 1099 with 34.66 hectares or 0.04 per cent of its bioregional area; and
  • Landscape 1100 with 59.29 hectares or 0.49 per cent of its bioregional area.

 

Flora reserves

Seventeen landscapes are represented in flora reserves (1084, 1133 ,1099, 1155, 1098, 1008, 1166, 1035, 1095, 1129, 1102, 1164, 1165, 1162, 1094, 1097, 1163). They have a variety of ruggedness (low to high), varying geology and source subregions are the East Gippsland Lowlands, South East Coastal Ranges, Monaro and Bateman. All are also represented in the reserve system.

One landscape, Landscape 1166, an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of eastern alluvials occurring in subregion SEC1 - East Gippsland Lowlands (EGL), has 23.48 per cent of its bioregional area represented in flora reserves while also having a 20 per cent representation in the reserve system.

Conservation and clearing

About 251,700 hectares or 19.42 per cent of the South East Corner Bioregion has been cleared.

Thirty-nine of the landscapes have some clearing of the native canopy indicated. Landscape 1060 is indicated as 100 per cent cleared and a further two have greater than 70 per cent of their area cleared while a total of 14 have greater and equal to 50 per cent of their landscape cleared.

Only 3 landscapes, 1015, 1136, and 1161, are not represented in the reserve system (nor in any other of the conservation tenures). Only 5 landscapes have greater than 20 per cent of their bioregional area reserved. Surprisingly Landscape 1060 has 100 per cent cleared and a 39.64 per cent inclusion in reserve.

Profiles of landscapes referred to above
Landscape numberDescription
948
Landscape 948 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (coarse grain) occurring in subregion SEH7 - Bungonia.
949
Landscape 949 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEH7 - Bungonia.
1008
Landscape 1008 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SEH5 - Monaro.
1012
Landscape 1012 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SB13 - Ettrema.
1015
Landscape 1015 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of eastern alluvials occurring in subregion SEH5 - Monaro.
1016
Landscape 1016 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SB13 - Ettrema.
1017
Landscape 1017 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (coarse grain) occurring in subregion SB13 - Ettrema.
1064
Landscape 1064 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid volcanics (extrusives) & associated sediments occurring in subregion SB13 - Ettrema.
1076
Landscape 1076 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEH5 - Monaro.
1090
Landscape 1090 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid volcanics (extrusives) & associated sediments occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1092
Landscape 1092 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (coarse grain) occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1094
Landscape 1094 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1095
Landscape 1095 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1096
Landscape 1096 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid volcanics (extrusives) & associated sediments occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1097
Landscape 1097 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1099
Landscape 1099 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (mixed grain) occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1100
Landscape 1100 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of eastern alluvials occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1109
Landscape 1109 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEH5 - Monaro.
1112
Landscape 1112 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion AA1 - New South Wales Alps.
1129
Landscape 1129 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1132
Landscape 1132 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1133
Landscape 1133 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1134
Landscape 1134 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of eastern alluvials occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1136
Landscape 1136 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of acid igneous intrusives occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1140
Landscape 1140 is an area of low ruggedness with a dominant geology of coastal sands occurring in subregion SEC3 - Bateman.
1143
Landscape 1143 is an area of high ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (calcareous) occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1145
Landscape 1145 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of sedimentary (calcareous) occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.
1161
Landscape 1161 is an area of moderate ruggedness with a dominant geology of coastal sands occurring in subregion SEC2 - South East Coastal Ranges.

Page last updated: 18 April 2016