Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Implementing the strategy

The Biodiversity Priorities for Widespread Weeds (BPWW) aims to ensure that management of widespread weeds is directed at reduction of current impacts on biological assets, based on a robust process of determining priorities. This framework complements other strategies aimed at eradication and containment, which are directed at reducing future impacts.

The site priorities provide guidance to aid decision-making and future investment in weed control for biodiversity conservation. Long-term investment in weed management at high priority sites offers the best chance of protecting biodiversity at risk from weeds, particularly threatened species, populations and ecological communities. Such investment will: assist Local Land Services meet their Catchment Action Plans; help address Goal 3 of the NSW Invasive Species Plan, which is to reduce the impacts of widespread invasive species; assist in reducing the impact of Key Threatening Processes; and assist the NPWS meet its 2021 State Plan target to reduce the impact of invasive species on biodiversity at priority sites.

Key component of BPWW implementation include preparing and implementing site-specific management plans (including using a staged approach to control) and monitoring the effectiveness of weed management programmes.

For a list of priority sites please contact the relevant CMA or send us an email.

Download the map of high priority sites (highpriorityBPWWsitesmap.pdf, 282KB) across New South Wales as at August 2010.

Site management plan

The development of standard site-specific management plans prior to the commencement of weed control programmes at priority sites will assist site managers to focus control on priority biodiversity at risk and help ensure conservation outcomes are achieved. Site management plans should be developed in consultation with all relevant stakeholders and clearly identify and determinethe roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders and the objectives of the plan. Key tenets of the site management plan are the staged approach to weed control and minimising off-target damage to native biota.

The site management plan template and an example completed plan can be downloaded below.


Transect monitoring of bitou bush

Transect monitoring of bitou bush

Monitoring is an important component of weed control programmes to ensure that control is delivering desired outcomes. When the key objective is biodiversity conservation monitoring programmes must explicitly assess both the reduction in the weed population and the recovery of biological assets at risk. The monitoring guidelines proposed for use at high priority sites were initially developed for the Bitou Bush Threat Abatement Plan (TAP). These guidelines have already been successfully adopted for the national Lantana Plan and are effective for monitoring most weed control programmes with the exception of vines and aquatic weeds where other techniques would be required. For more information on the monitoring techniques including standardised datasheets see the Monitoring Manual for Bitou Bush Control and Native Plant Recovery.



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