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Australian Alps - bioregional-scale conservation

In NSW, the Australian Alps Bioregion receives the highest proportion of conservation-oriented management of any of the NSW bioregions, constituting about 90.34 per cent of the bioregion, or 386,744.96 hectares. While the area under some form of conservation-oriented management is large, the range of mechanisms used is relatively small.

Most conservation occurs in national parks and nature reserves. Kosciuszko National Park occupies a large proportion (87.18 per cent) of the bioregion, while the remaining reserved areas within the bioregion consist of Bimberi, Scabby Range and Yaouk Nature Reserves. Almost one-third of the area of national parks and nature reserves are also managed under the Wilderness Act 1987, comprising the Bimberi, Bogong Peaks, Goobarragandra, Jagungal and Pilot wilderness areas which occupy approximately 32.80 per cent of the bioregion.

Of the other conservation mechanisms listed in the NPW Act 1974, only the voluntary conservation agreement and wildlife refuge provisions are utilised. There are no historic sites, no Aboriginal areas, no state recreation areas and no regional parks in the bioregion.

One voluntary conservation agreement has been entered into by a landholder within the bioregion. This agreement occupies 90.95 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion. One wildlife refuge occupying 217.35 hectares or 0.05 per cent of the bioregion is held by another landholder in the bioregion. Two more wildlife refuges are likely to be added in the near future. There is also one property agreement (NVC Act 1997). The conservation zone of this property agreement occupies an area of 120.23 hectares or 0.03 per cent of the bioregion. Thus the total area of land managed in the Australian Alps under private land conservation legislation constitutes 0.10 per cent of the bioregion, or 428.53 hectares.

Some land is managed under the Forestry Act 1916. While there are no formal or informal reserves (Forest Management Zones 1, 2 and 3a) in the bioregion there are 2 state forests, Maragle and Ingebirah, which are managed for a range of forestry activities including timber production and forest management. Together these occupy about 2,486 hectares or 0.58 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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