Wollemia nobilis (Wollemi Pine) Recovery Plan

This document constitutes the formal Commonwealth and New South Wales Recovery Plan for the Wollemi Pine, and as such considers the conservation requirements of the species across its known range.

1 December 2006
Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW)
Publication, Recovery plan
  • ISBN 1-92088-7636
  • ID DEC20060519
  • File PDF 2.3MB
  • Pages 47
  • Name wollemi-pine-wollemia-nobilis-recovery-plan-060519.pdf

Wollemi Pine (Wollemia nobilis) is listed as endangered on Schedule 1 of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and as endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

It is a tree which grows to 40 m and is currently known from only one population consisting of several stands of fewer than 100 adult plants and about 200-300 juveniles/seedlings from within Wollemi National Park. Stands within Wollemi National Park are threatened by dieback from the pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi and potentially threatened by the further introduction of plant pathogens and weeds, soil compaction, seedling damage, collectors and catastrophic fire events. Stands may also be threatened by changes to the habitat through the effects of climate change.

This recovery plan for the Wollemi Pine was prepared by the Wollemi Pine Recovery Team in accordance with the requirements of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act), and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The plan was prepared in consultation with a recovery team consisting of DEC land managers, researchers and specialists in the biology and ecology of the species.

To provide for the future recovery of the Wollemi Pine, this recovery plan advocates a program that:

  • protects and maintains the known stands and their habitat from threatening processes in the long term
  • provides a greater understanding of the biology of the species and associated species
  • maintains and utilises representative off-site populations in botanic gardens
  • continues the implementation of an education and awareness program
  • supports the commercial release of Wollemi Pines.