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State conservation areas

State conservation areas are lands reserved to protect and conserve significant or representative ecosystems, landforms, natural phenomena or places of cultural significance. They provide opportunities for sustainable visitation, public enjoyment, and research.

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The main difference between the management, objectives and principles of national parks and state conservation areas is that mineral and petroleum exploration and mining may be permitted in state conservation areas.

Statutory reviews of state conservation areas were completed in 2008 and 2011.

All state conservation areas in NSW

Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer