Nature conservation

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Brigalow Belt South - bioregional-scale conservation

The majority of the NSW bioregions have less than 20 per cent of their area under conservation-oriented management. The Brigalow Belt South Bioregion is no exception with a total of 155,353 hectares or 2.91 per cent of its area held under a relatively limited range of the available conservation mechanisms.

Nineteen national parks and nature reserves are managed under the NPW Act 1974 in the Brigalow Belt South Bioregion, 5 of which are national parks and 14 are nature reserves. These occupy an area of 134,279 hectares or about 2.52 per cent of the bioregion. A portion of these reserves is also protected and managed as wilderness, with just over 1,200 hectares of Mt Kaputar National Park comprising parts of the Nandewar and Rusden wilderness areas, occupying about 1,207 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion.

Of the other mechanisms provided for under the NPW Act 1974 there are no historic sites, no Aboriginal areas, no state recreation areas and no regional parks in the bioregion. However, in terms of private land conservation areas, there are 2 voluntary conservation agreements which occupy 128.74 hectares or 0.002 per cent of the bioregion. Fifteen wildlife refuges occur on properties occupying about 16,041.85 hectares or 0.30 per cent of the bioregion. Six additional properties with wildlife refuges will soon be added to the conservation map.

Twelve property agreements (NVC Act 1997) have been entered into by landholders in the bioregion. The conservation zones of these property agreements occupy about 1,109.74 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion. The total area of private land conservation is thus 1,109.74 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion.

Some 10.60 per cent of the bioregion is managed as State forests for a range of forestry practices under the Forestry Act 1916, including timber production and forest management. Nine flora reserves also occur within the bioregion and occupy 4,091.19 hectares or 0.008 per cent of the total area.

About 3,190,400 hectares, or a considerable 60.85 per cent, of the bioregion has been cleared.

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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Parks and reserves in this bioregion



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