Nature conservation

Threatened species

Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest in the Sydney Basin Bioregion

Saving our Species strategy

This ecological community has been assigned to the Ecological community (widespread) management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This is a threatened ecological community.

Conservation status

Management objectives

The SoS strategy aims to maximise the viability of the ecological community and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Management areas and sites across NSW

Critical actions for this ecological community

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed ecological communities are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this ecological community are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Conduct a combination of targeted physical and chemical weed control and bush regeneration activities on the site after establishing the weed management requirements based on weeds present and their coverage. Site
Undertake ground-based shooting and other management actions if deemed appropriate, consistent with protocols and processes of the Northern Illawarra Deer Management Plan.Site
Conduct buffer and infill planting to reduce edge effects and to improve the edge to area ratio using species consistent with the Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest. Protect plantings from damage by deer browsing.Site
Assess the requirements for the installation/repairs of fencing to protect occurrences of Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest in the site from trampling and grazing by domestic stock. Site
Provide educational support to landholders including descriptive information regarding the Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest, its environmental values and activities, and actions that can be done to protect and improve its habitat.Site
Conduct surveys for the Illawarra Subtropical Rainforest in the site to determine its extent and condition. Use research to inform management priorities.Site

How will this ecological community be managed?

Key management sites for this ecological community are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 1 management site has been identified for this ecological community.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Illawarra Escarpment Priority management siteProposed  

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this ecological community or in this area?

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