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Protecting biodiversity

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service play an essential role in the conservation of our state’s biodiversity. Parks and reserves offer physical protection to endangered wildlife, while conservation and research programs target particular Australian native plants, animals and ecosystems under threat. Weeding and pest animal programs, many of which involve community volunteers, contribute enormously to the restoration of native habitats. Fire management strategies are developed for each park to protect life and Aboriginal cultural and historic heritage sites.

Brush-tailed rock-wallaby and her joey, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

How NSW National Parks protects biodiversity

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH

Saving our Species

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Saving our Species is a statewide conservation program that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and Australian native plants facing extinction.

Fire and the Australian bush. Photo: OEH

Fire and the Australian bush

Through fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, rapid response firefighting and community alerts, NSW National Parks works to protect life and property.

Little tern chicks. Photo: Michael Jarman

Biodiversity research

NSW National Parks plays a key role in the protection, conservation and management of our state’s biodiversity and research is a crucial element.

Blowering Reservoir in the afternoon light, Kosciuszko National Park. Photo:Clint & Todd Wright