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South East Corner - bioregional-scale conservation

The South East Corner Bioregion is managed in conservation tenures that together occupy about 561,434.41 hectares or 43.31 per cent of the bioregion.

There are 18 national parks, 12 nature reserves and 2 Crown reserves wholly or partly in the bioregion, and together these occupy 547,079.38 hectares or 42.20 per cent of the bioregion. Nine wilderness areas (Brogo, Bedewing, Burra Oulla, Byadbo, Genoa, Nadgee, Pilot, Woila Deua, and Yowrie) occupy much of the reserved area of the region, together occupying about 224,602 hectares or 17.25 per cent of the bioregion. Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site occupies 15.98 hectares, a small percentage of the bioregion, and there are no Aboriginal areas, no karst areas, no state recreation areas and no regional parks in the bioregion.

NPWS-managed Crown reserves under the Crown Lands Act occupy 848.48 hectares or 0.07 per cent of the bioregion.

Some landholders in the bioregion have entered into private land conservation agreements under the provisions of the NPW Act 1974 or the NVC Act 1997. In recent years, landholders have entered into 26 voluntary conservation agreements, which together occupy about 711 hectares or 0.05 per cent of the bioregion. Landholders on 9 properties also hold wildlife refuges which occupy 1205.43 hectares or 0.09 per cent of the bioregion (updated mapping, being undertaken at the time of writing, is likely to increase this figure).

In addition there are 4 property agreements in the bioregion under the NVC Act 1997 which occupy about 143.42 hectares or 0.01 per cent of the bioregion. Together these areas of private land conservation total 2059.94 hectares or 0.16 per cent of the South East Corner Bioregion.

Seventeen flora reserves managed under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1916 occupy 8,576.25 or 0.66 per cent of the bioregion and these contribute towards biodiversity conservation. In addition the bioregion includes State forests which are managed primarily for forestry activities under the Forestry Act 1916 and occupy 323,757.86 hectares or about one quarter (24.86 per cent) of the bioregion.

Land given protection by State Environmental Planning Policies in the bioregion includes 5,844.66 hectares (0.45 per cent) of SEPP 14 coastal wetlands, 3.01 hectares (0.0002 per cent) of SEPP 26 Littoral Rainforests and 16,505.23 hectares or 1.27 per cent of SEPP 58 (Protecting Sydney's Water Supply).

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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