Native plants and animals

Native vegetation and habitat protection

Over the past two centuries, much of the original native vegetation across NSW has been cleared for agriculture and other land uses.

One way to support natural biodiversity and help manage soils is to ensure that areas on your land are set aside for native vegetation and animals.

It’s important that we maintain and re-establish the natural ecosystems of the landscape where we can.

There are multiple benefits from the presence of native vegetation on your farm including:

  • stabilising soil
  • preventing sedimentation into waterways
  • providing shelter to livestock
  • providing habitat for a range of native wildlife
  • reducing the spread of windblown seeds such as serrated tussock
  • providing a beautiful landscape.

Re-establishing native vegetation helps to restore and link remnant patches of native vegetation on private and public lands, enhancing their value as wildlife corridors and biological reserves.

When planning a replanting program, always try to use locally sourced seed or plants and choose species that are appropriate for your area to support native plants and animals.

Find out more about native vegetation management under the Local Land Services Act 2013 and the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

Native Animal Management

All native animals in NSW are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. This means that it is illegal to trap, kill or harm them unless licensed to do otherwise.

You can apply to control certain native species however through the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Find out more about kangaroo management in NSW.

For more information about replanting programs, native plant and animal management or biodiversity contact your Local Land Services office.

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