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Zero species extinction plan for NSW National Parks

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An ambitious Zero Species Extinction goal has been set for NSW National Parks.

NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said the National Parks and Wildlife Service Threatened Species Framework is about protecting and improving the health of threatened and iconic species for future generations.

“Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world," he said.

Among those animals offered additional protection are Koalas and Brush Tailed Wallabies.

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Mr. Kean said, "Just as set a not zero emissions target, we now have a target of zero extinction of species on our National parks estates and are aiming to improve and stabilise the status of threatened species".

221 sites have been gazetted across NSW triggering legal protections and conservation plans, targeting feral animals such as cats and foxes.

66 plant species and 27 animals including 13 mammals, four birds, seven frogs, and three reptiles are being given special protections.

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More than 31,000 hectares of the Southern Highlands have been designated safe areas.

  • Guula Ngurra National Park (Koala)
  • Wollondilly River Nature Reserve (Koala)
  • Bangadilly National Park (Koala)
  • Upper Nepean State Conservation Area (Koala and the Mittagong Geebung)
  • Budderoo National Park (Carrington Falls Grevillea)
  • Budawang national Park (Budawangs Wallaby Grass)

An interactive map of all Assets of Intergenerational Significance sites can be found HERE.

Images: NSW National Parks 

Tags: NSW Government, koalas, Southern Highlands, Brush Tailed Wallaby, Corroboree Frog, NSW National Parks