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Pilliga National Park

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What we're doing

Park management activities

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

Preserving biodiversity

Pilliga National Park upholds its biodiversity by protecting vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. Conservation activities that are carried out include monitoring and data collection. NPWS consults on issues potentially affecting biodiversity within the area, and implements programs in relation to this.

Conservation program

Reintroduction of locally extinct mammals

The Reintroduction of Locally Extinct Mammals project aims to restore the ecological health of national parks by reintroducing at least 13 native mammal species believed to be extinct in NSW.

Conserving Aboriginal culture

NPWS works alongside the Gawambaraay Pilliga Co-Management Committee in managing Pilliga Nature Reserve. Important Aboriginal cultural programs and initiatives are in place within this park. The Sandstone caves are an important focus of these activities.

Conservation program

Pilliga Nature Reserve joint management program

Gawambaraay Pilliga Co-Management Committee is working hand-in-hand with NSW National Parks to manage Pilliga Nature Reserve, Willala Aboriginal Area and Dandry Gorge Aboriginal Area. The joint management program facilitates sustained and proactive input from local Aboriginal communities in the management of this significant area.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Pilliga National Park. Feral pig, fox and weed control are important part of the work NPWS does to protect the integrity of biodiversity within this conservation park.

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

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.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.


  • in the Country NSW region
  • Pilliga Forest is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

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