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South Eastern Highlands - bioregional-scale conservation

The South Eastern Highlands Bioregion is managed in conservation tenures that together occupy about 726,530.55 hectares or 14.86 per cent of the bioregion. National parks and nature reserves make up the majority of this area, occupying an area of 596,638.58 hectares or 12.22 per cent of the bioregion.

Twelve wilderness areas in the bioregion provide further management under the Wilderness Act 1987, with a total of 177,381.15 hectares or 3.63 per cent of the national parks or nature reserves in the bioregion. They are Bimberi, Bogong Peaks, Brogo, Budawang, Byadbo, Ettrema, Goobarragandra, Jagungal, Kanangra-Boyd, Pilot, Woila Deua and Yowrie wilderness areas.

Other lands managed under the provisions of the NPW Act 1974 include karst conservation reserves, with 3,740.80 hectares (or 0.08 per cent) managed under this special tenure. Hartley and Hill End historic sites occupy 119.04 hectares or 0.002 per cent of the bioregion and land managed as state recreation areas totals 11,999.08 hectares or 0.245 per cent of the bioregion.

There are no Aboriginal areas and no regional parks in the bioregion.

In recent years, landholders have entered into 12 voluntary conservation agreements, which together occupy about 2,889.07 hectares or 0.06 per cent of the bioregion. Landholders on 96 properties also hold wildlife refuges occupying 68,776.84 hectares or 1.41 per cent of the bioregion. Updated mapping, being undertaken at the time of writing, is likely to increase the area occupied under wildlife refuges.

In addition, landholders on 141 properties have entered into property agreements under the NVC Act 1997. The conservation zones of the agreements occupy about 6,354.29 hectares or 0.13 per cent of the bioregion.

Thirteen flora reserves managed under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1916 occupy 4,654.83 hectares or 0.10 per cent of the bioregion and contribute towards biodiversity conservation. In addition, State forests managed primarily for forestry activities under the Forestry Act 1916 occupy 357,262.24 hectares or 7.31 per cent of the bioregion.

A significant proportion of the bioregion receives supplementary management under the provisions of SEPP 58 (Protecting Sydney's Water Supply). This area is 1,015,258.25 hectares or 20.77 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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Parks and reserves in this bioregion 


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