Protecting our national parks from pests and weeds

Invasive species (weeds and pest animals) represent one of the greatest threats to biodiversity around the world. They also cause financial losses to agriculture and other industries, and damage areas of cultural significance. Managing the impacts
of pests is therefore an issue of great importance for the managers of all land tenures. The problem requires sustained, long-term management to minimise the damage by pests to environmental, economic and social values.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) manages pests within the state?s park system to protect native flora and fauna, maintain natural ecosystems and cultural heritage, and minimise the spread of pest animals and weeds to and
from neighbouring land. One of the keys to successful pest management is cooperation, and NPWS actively works with other agencies, private landholders and community groups.

The complete eradication of pests over wide areas of different land tenures is, however, rarely practicable. It is therefore necessary to prioritise pest management efforts and allocate resources to those areas where they will be of greatest benefit.
Priorities include those areas where new pest outbreaks occur, where threatened native plants and animals are at risk from the impacts of pests, and where there is a need to minimise the impacts of pests on neighbouring lands, such as farmland.

This report assesses our performance in managing pests within the park system, using data from a survey of all parks in NSW. The report also presents a number of examples and case studies, illustrating the complexity of pest management and highlighting excellence in NPWS pest and weed control programs and initiatives across the state.

Author Department of Environment and Conservation NSW
Date null
Year 2006
Place published City
Institution Department of Environment and Conservation NSW
Department Department of Environment and Conservation NSW
Pages 48 pp
Notes Notes
ISBN/ISSN ISBN 1 74137 973 3
Region NSW