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South East Forests National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

South East Forests National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Understanding landscapes and geology

South East Forest National Park ensures its natural landscape is impeccably maintained. NPWS collaborates with other agencies to ensure the aquatic, landscape, geological and topographic values of the park are protected and preserved. All park maintenance and development is carried out with conservation in mind, and efforts to limit the impact of human activity on the land are ongoing.

Preserving biodiversity

NPWS aims to protect the biodiversity of all parks, and South East Forests National Park is no exception. Recovery and pest management programs are in effect to protect the park's native plants and animals. Weed control takes place in this park, along with ongoing research and monitoring activities.

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BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within South East Forest National Park. NPWS carries out risk assessments for new and emerging weeds as well as fox and wild dog control to protect biodiversity in this park.

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Wild dog control program

Wild dogs can have significant impacts on other animals and are regarded as pests. Our wild dog control program operates in many NSW national parks and reserves. When carrying out such pest control, we aim to minimise the wild dogs’ effects on livestock and wildlife, while still maintaining dingo conservation in key areas.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

NPWS wants its visitors to have the best possible experience in South East Forests National Park, and works to ensure they are safe and well informed at all times. Displaying current, easily understandable directional and interpretive signage is a continuing priority. Maintenance programs are ongoing in this park, and visitors are kept up to date with any facilities changes or closures.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Aboriginal culture is of great value to NPWS, and Aboriginal sites in South East Forests National Park are regularly reviewed and conserved. NPWS works closely with local Aboriginal communities with the goal of maximising their involvement in the park’s ongoing management. Surveying and cultural and conservation programs operate in this park, and Aboriginal cultural values are incorporated into management decisions wherever possible.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

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Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the South Coast and Snowy Mountains regions
  • South East Forests National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    • Bombala
      (02) 6458 5900
      Contact hours: 9am-12.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 153 Maybe Street, Bombala NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6458 4076
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    • Merimbula
      (02) 6495 5000
      Contact hours: 10am-3pm Monday to Friday and some weekends during peak holiday periods.
    • Corner Sapphire Coast and Merimbula Drives, Merimbula NSW
    • Email: FSCR@environment.nsw.gov.au
      Fax: (02) 6495 5055
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    • Narooma
      (02) 4476 0800
      Contact hours: 10.00am-2.00pm Monday to Friday
    • Corner Graham and Burrawang Streets, Narooma NSW
    • Fax: (02) 4476 0833
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Road to Myrtle Mountain lookout, South East Forest National Park. Photo: John Yurasek