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Yanga National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Yanga 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:

Preserving biodiversity

River red gum forests in Yanga National Park provide habitat for a multitude of species and are of international significance. Water is a fundamental component of river red gum forests, and contributes physiological, cultural, aesthetic and visual values. These waterways are recognised as having high conservation values, and assessment and monitoring takes place to ensure the ongoing ecological well-being of this value.

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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 Yanga National Park. NPWS carries out risk assesments for new and emerging weeds to protect biodiversity in this park.

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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.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

The buildings were constructed around 1870 and are indicative of a period when ‘Yanga’ was one of the Riverina’s most productive pastoral stations. The historic heritage on display at Yanga provides a tangible record of a long and rich history of early pastoral life. The conservation management plan for historic and cultural heritage values in Yanga National Park will be reviewed, and a schedule of recommended conservation works will be developed and implemented.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Improving visitor facilities and creating engaging experiences is an important part of the ongoing work in Yanga National Park. Priorities from the NSW River Red Gum Nature Tourism Action Plan will be implemented, including the establishment of a Murrumbidgee River – Yanga Lake kayaking and canoeing experience. Education resources and signage will be developed and implemented to provide more information about having an environmentally-conscious and safe visit.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Yanga National Park will work with the local Aboriginal community to rehabilitate, protect, interpret and promote sites, as appropriate, to the broader community. Significant Aboriginal places and values within the parks will be identified and protected. Archaeological surveys and cultural assessments will be undertaken prior to all works in Yanga to ensure that on Aboriginal sites, artefacts and values are continually respected.

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.

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Friends of Yanga

Friends of Yanga

Are you local to the Balranald area with an interest in gardening and rare, old and exotic plants? Volunteer with Friends of Yanga to help develop and maintain the gardens at Yanga Homestead historic precinct in Yanga National Park. The group is dedicated to retaining the gardens’ heirloom integrity.

Follow the dirt track to Yanga National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.