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Darling Riverine Plains - bioregional-scale conservation

The Darling Riverine Plains Bioregion has a low conservation status in terms of overall area managed for conservation, which is 325,113.32 hectares or 3.47 per cent of the bioregion.

Lands managed under the provisions of the NPW Act contribute the most to land managed for conservation. However, lands currently managed as wildlife refuges contribute the most in terms of area.

Culgoa and Kinchega National Parks (NPW Act 1974) lie within the bioregion, crossing bioregional boundaries into the Mulga Lands and Broken Hill Complex bioregions respectively. These, together with 7 nature reserves, 6 of which, including the Macquarie Marshes and Narran Lake Nature Reserves, lie wholly in the bioregion, occupy 87,410.26 hectares or 0.94 per cent of the bioregion.

None of these reserves is also managed as wilderness under the Wilderness Act 1987. None of the provisions of the NPW Act 1974 has been used to conserve land as historic sites, Aboriginal areas, state recreation areas or regional parks in the bioregion.

However there is one voluntary conservation agreement occupying 18.98 hectares (0.0002 per cent) of the Darling Riverine Plains Bioregion, and 38 wildlife refuges which occupy 210,648.69 hectares or 2.24 per cent of the bioregion. Four property agreements (under the provisions of the NVC Act 1997) occupy about 421 hectares or 0.0045 per cent of the bioregion.

Land managed under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1916 includes 22 State forests (19 of which are wholly within the bioregion) which occupy 14,825 hectares or 0.16 per cent of the bioregion and one flora reserve (14.62 hectares or 0.0002 per cent), also wholly within the bioregion.

No data are currently available on conservation zones within State forests.

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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