Environmental issues

Pests and weeds

Supporting NPWS pest management

Pest animals do great harm to our national parks by destroying native habitats, plants, and animals. In NSW, about 40 per cent of our threatened species are being impacted by pest animals.

Every pest removed from a park or reserve is a win for the environment.

NPWS undertakes one of the largest pest management programs in Australia, with more than 650 targeted control activities on our reserves and neighbouring land every year. This includes baiting, aerial shooting, mustering, fencing, trapping, ground shooting and more.

Pest animals targeted through our new Regional Pest Management Strategies include feral goats, feral pigs, rabbits, deer, wild dogs, feral cats and foxes.

These programs are being expanded to include volunteer shooters in co-ordinated pest management operations alongside NPWS in the 12 trial reserves.

The 12 parks chosen all have existing pest control programs that can be complemented by ground shooting by experienced and skilled volunteers. Pest animal management works best as part of an integrated program using a variety of techniques, because individual animals that are not susceptible to one technique can be removed using another.

For example, in Cocopara Nature Reserve, near Griffith, co-ordinated volunteer ground shooting could be a useful addition to feral goat aerial shooting programs carried out by NPWS and passive trapping by neighbours.

In Murrumbidgee Valley National Park and State Conservation Area, near Balranald, in conjunction with ground shooting by volunteers in conjunction with aerial shooting, trapping and baiting programs could help further reduce numbers of feral pigs and rabbits, which are having a devastating impact on endangered wetland species and other endangered ecological communities in the area.

 

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Page last updated: 31 October 2013