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South Western Slopes - bioregional-scale conservation

The South Western Slopes Bioregion contains conservation tenures that together occupy about 184,739.16 hectares or 2.28 per cent of the bioregion. Over half of this area is managed as national parks or nature reserves (NPW Act 1974) which cover an area of approximately 97,246.98 hectares or 1.2 per cent of the bioregion.

Reserves (Crown Land Act 1989) managed by the NPWS occupy 1,933.52 hectares or 0.02 per cent of the bioregion. Hill End and Yuranighs Aboriginal Grave Historic Sites occupy 0.0003 per cent of the bioregion. However there are no Aboriginal areas, no state recreation areas and no regional parks in the bioregion.

Landholders on 7 properties have entered into voluntary conservation agreements. The area of these properties where conservation management is permanently agreed to occupies about 884.20 hectares or 0.0 1 per cent of the bioregion. In addition to this, landholders on 73 properties have agreed to have wildlife refuges over their properties, with the area covered approximately 71,924.67 hectares or 0.89 per cent of the bioregion. This figure could expand as mapping is updated. Landholders have also entered into property agreements within the bioregion. One hundred and twenty-seven properties manage 6,960.01 hectares in conservation zones (or about 0.09 per cent of the bioregion).

Eight flora reserves (managed under the provisions of the Forestry Act 1916) occupy 4,948.67 hectares or 0.06 per cent of the bioregion and contribute particularly towards flora conservation. State forests managed primarily for forestry activities under the Forestry Act 1916 occupy 115,248.11 hectares or 1.43 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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