This State of the Parks 2001 report was the first public reporting of a state of the parks concept for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). It describes the approach to, and basis for, monitoring parks in New South Wales, as well as an explanation of how performance would be measured.
New South Wales has a long and proud history in the conservation of natural and cultural heritage, with the Royal National Park established in 1879. It was the first national park in Australia, and the second in the world. In 2001, 6.7% of the state was reserved and managed mainly for conservation of natural and cultural values.
In terms of our natural heritage, reservation of land within the parks system is based on the principle that this system should be:
- comprehensive, encompassing the full range of biological and biophysical diversity and other values
- adequate, in that it is capable of maintaining biodiversity and ecological patterns and processes and other values, given natural and human influence disturbances
- representative, comprehensively sampling the known biological and biophysical diversity and other values.
Visit our Evaluating park management webpage for more information.