The reserves are part of the traditional lands of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people and have been given the collective name of ‘Babadaga’, which is a Gumbaynggirr word meaning ‘in single file’. This is because they occur ‘one after the other’ along the long forested ridge-line which separates the Bellinger/ Kalang and Nambucca catchments.
The reserves are part of a major regional vegetated corridor, linking the coast to the tablelands. One endangered and four vulnerable plant species, plus two rare and endemic tree species have been recorded in the reserves. In addition, 11 threatened animal species have been recorded, with a further 15 threatened animal species considered likely to be present.