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Native vegetation

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and Local Land Services Amendment Act 2016 take advantage of the best available science and data to ensure a balanced approach to rural land management and biodiversity conservation in NSW.

Key features:

  • new arrangements that allow land owners to improve productivity while responding to environmental risks
  • new ways to assess and manage the biodiversity impacts of development
  • a new State Environmental Planning Policy for impacts on native vegetation in non-rural areas
  • significant investment in conserving high-value vegetation on private land
  • a risk-based system for regulating human and business interactions with native plants and animals
  • streamlined approvals and dedicated resources to help reduce the regulatory burden.

Find out more about the new framework for land management

On the ground: real examples - Landholders who are using the new Land Management Framework

What activities can I continue to undertake under the new framework?

What are the new activities I can undertake using the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code?

How will I know if I require approval to clear native vegetation?

I want to know more about opportunities to develop my property using the Biodiversity Assessment Method and Offsets Scheme?

What if my property is in an urban or peri-urban area?

My property contains high-value native vegetation and I’m interested in conserving it.

What are the new arrangements for managing interactions with native plants and wildlife?

What other approvals might I need to consider?

What’s new in native vegetation?

Fact sheets

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Threatened Ecological Communities 

Ecological communities are groups of plants, animals and other organisms that naturally occur together. The structure and composition are determined by environmental factors such as climate, landscape position, soil, aspect and altitude.

While a particular ecological community will vary in structure and composition across its range, there are common elements that clearly identify one ecological community as distinct from another.

Ecological communities also exist in different condition 'states', each with defining characteristics. States range from high quality to degraded with several in between. Management affects the state of a community and depending on the type of management action, can cause a community to make a 'transition' to a better or worse state.

Working together

A healthy ecological community is not just about having lots of trees. For a community to function well, all the parts of the community need to be working together. This means that there is enough food, water, shelter, physical space and diversity for reproduction so that every species can thrive and survive, even when times are touch (such as during droughts and bushfires).

Threatened Ecological Communities of the Northern Tablelands

  • Weeping Myall Woodland - Endangered
  • Upland Wetlands - Endangered
  • Box Gum Grassy Woodland - Critically endangered
  • Howell Shrublands - Endangered
  • Inland Grey Box Woodland - Endangered
  • Natural Grasslands on Alluvial Plains - Critically endangered
  • New England Peppermint Woodland - Critically endangered
  • McKies Stringybark/Blackbutt Open Forest - Endangered
  • Ribbon Gum/Mountain Gum/Snow Gum Grassy Forest/Woodland - Endangered

Under threat

Many ecological communities are now threatened with extinction because of a reduction in the area once covered by the community, a significant decline in the condition of the community, or both. Changes to extent and condition can be cause by threats such as clearing of native vegetation, the effects from weeds and feral animals, grazing by domestic livestock or the effects of added fertiliser.

When these threats become so great that they could impact the survival of an ecological community, the community can be nominated for protection under the Commonwealth Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) or the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act).

Managing for recovery

The aim of management of threatened ecological communities is to improve their extent or condition. Depending on the threat and the type of community, there will be specific actions which will help the community to survive and recover. Land managers play a big part in the long term survival of ecological communities through their management actions.

What can I do?

Management that addresses the threats facing these ecological communities will increase the likelihood of their survival. Positive actions may be simple such as allowing natural regeneration and controlling livestock access; or complex, such as controlling perennial weeds, reconnecting vegetation communities through revegetation, or re-establishing fire regimes. If you suspect you have one of these communities on your property, contact the Northern Tablelands Local Land Services for advice or go to:

EPBC Act list of threatened ecological communities

NSW TSC Act List of threatened ecological communities