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Saving our Species conservation program

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.

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Over the last 200 years in Australia, more than 100 animal and plant species have become extinct. In NSW alone, there are close to 1,000 animal and plant species at risk of extinction. Saving our Species is the NSW Government’s initiative to secure as many of these species as possible in the wild for the next 100 years.

Unlike other conservation projects, Saving our Species prioritises between threatened Australian native plants and Australian animals and draws up specific conservation actions necessary for the survival of each of them. Proactive conservation efforts might involve:

  • Invasive weed control
  • Planned ecological burning
  • Prevention of vehicle access
  • Changes to livestock grazing regimes
  • Fire planning for seed germination
  • Improving natural habitats
  • Building artificial habitats
  • Monitoring and surveys
  • Reduction of feral animals

To prevent koalas from becoming extinct, for example, the strategy recommends that NSW National Parks helps landowners improve koala habitat, map suitable land with local councils, and guide eucalyptus restoration efforts.

As part of the Saving our Species program, mammal species currently extinct in NSW will be reintroduced into NSW national parks. These could include the bilby, numbat and golden bandicoot.

The conservation program also targets iconic species, which are socially, culturally and economically important to NSW, and which the community expects us to protect. Strategies were created for the:

  • Brush-tailed rock-wallaby
  • Koala
  • Malleefowl
  • Southern corroboree frog
  • Wollemi pine

The benefit and likelihood of conservation activities succeeding with available resources is high. Under the Saving our Species program, some of the site-managed species being prioritised include:

  • Megalong Valley bottlebrush
  • Eastern bristlebird
  • Pied oystercatcher
  • Smooth bush-pea
  • Summer leek orchid
  • Winged peppercress

Sustainability programs like this one only succeed as a collaborative effort. As such, the Saving our Species program involves NSW businesses, research organisations, schools, landholders, government agencies, land conservation groups and various other members of the community.

Threatened species programs

View of Berowra Valley creek. Photo: John Yurasek