Nature conservation

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Peat-forming bogs and fens of the Snowy Mountains of NSW

The most extensive expression of peatlands in south-eastern Australia occur in the NSW Snowy Mountains and form up to 6,037 hectares of the higher altitude land cover in Kosciuszko National Park.  These peatlands are vital areas of moist habitat, and of high scientific significance biogeographically. Additionally, their slowly accumulating peat is an archive of past change in vegetation and fire regimes. Their significance and sensitivity has been acknowledged in their listing on both State and Commonwealth legislation for protection.

This report provides the first comprehensive mapping of regional peatlands, including the first measurements of extent, volume and peatland carbon storage for the Snowy Mountains.

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Peat-forming bogs and fens of the Snowy Mountains of NSW (120257PeatBogs.pdf, 4.52 MB)

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Page last updated: 27 August 2012