Pest species are animals (including invertebrates) and plants that have negative environmental, economic and social impacts. In this document they are collectively referred to as pests. Pests are most commonly introduced species, though native species can become pests. In parks, pests may have impacts across the range of park values, including impacts on biodiversity, cultural heritage, catchment and scenic values.
Pests are among the greatest threats to biodiversity throughout Australia. In New South Wales, they have been identified as a threat to 657 of 945 (70%) species, populations and communities listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995; more than any other process except the destruction and disturbance of native vegetation. Minimising the impacts of pests on biodiversity is thus the main objective of NPWS pest management.
Pests can also have significant impacts on economic values of neighbouring lands. The NPWS seeks to address these impacts when setting management priorities and significant resources are committed towards landscape wide pest programs, including wild dogs.
|Author||NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Institution||NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service|
|Department||Department of Environment and Climate Change|
|Control method||Integrated Pest Management|