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South east NSW Wilderness Protection Plan: "Wilderness 2000"
Southern Wilderness Protection Plan Nomination 2005
Native Vegetation and Habitat/Remnants-Upper Lachlan Region
The Oolong Sanctuary model and its Corridors

A Remnant

Crown Road Reserve as Corridor:

Crown road as a Corridor

A 200-metre-Wide Road Reserve

Shown here is a 200-metre-wide road reserve along a section of the Brand Highway near Eneabba, W.A. The wide roadsides conserve knongan - low sandplain flora, which was common until recent widespread agricultural clearing. In heavily cleared farmland, such roadside remnants remain as example of the original plant communities. The plants and animals they contain often include species and provenances, which are rare and poorly protected in national parks and nature reserves. In addition, such roadsides often preserve examples of a species or plant community on very different sites, and so illustrate some of the natural variations present in its former range. Main Roads Department. W.A.


"WILDERNESS 2000" and Wilderness Nomination Plan 2005 are joint campaigns by the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Total Environment Centre, The Wilderness Society, the National Parks Association of NSW and the Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs of NSW.
"As we enter the new millennium, it is critical that the last substantial remnants of the natural environment are protected. Wilderness today has been reduced to islands of nature surrounded by a sea of developed land. Unless we protect these remaining bushland expanses, threatened wildlife will become extinct and catchments protecting critical water supplies more polluted."
The Government decided to declare only a small part of the area proposed in the wilderness 2000 campaign in the southern part of NSW. The Colong Foundation, Total Environment Centre, National Parks Association of NSW, the Nature Conservation Council of NSW and The Wilderness Society appealed the NSW Ombudsman, who found wrong conduct regarding the assessment of submission on the southern wilderness assessment. In June 2005 the group relodged their wilderness nominations in southern NSW in a joint nomination under the Wilderness Act and nominated 313,053 hectares for assessment under the Wilderness Act, 1987.
To know more about the Wilderness 2000 Campaign, please click here
For information on Wilderness Nomination Plan please contact Keith Muir, Colong Foundation for Wilderness, Suite 201, Fortuna House, Level 2, 332 Pitt Street.

The Friends of Oolong support the Southern Wilderness Nomination 2005 but they feel that there is a need to promote also the linking of wilderness areas, National parks/State forest to habitat/remnants with a network of wildlife corridors and for this purpose they are promoting a Challenge to gather support within the several local communities and landholders to achieve this essential goal to preserve wildlife by giving them a chance to move from one remnant to another.
The Upper Lachlan Region of the southern Tablelands of NSW, where the efforts by the Friends of Oolong will be concentrated covers 588,114 ha. Its Native Vegetation Remnants are coloured in green on one of the maps.
The region forms part of the Murray-Darling Basin and 7% of the Lachlan Catchment. The region encompasses the Lachlan River catchment above the Wyangala Dam, the Crookwell River catchment, and the Abercrombie River catchment south of the Abercrombie River below and including the Burra Burra Creek confluence.
Towns and villages in the region include Crookwell, Gunning, Dalton, Bigga, Reid's Flat, Grabben Gullen, Yuena, Rugby, Binda, Breadalbane and Laggan.
We hope that our initiative together with the Landcare CarbonSMART initiative will be supported and followed by other much larger organisations and extended further to the whole NSW. (More details in News)

Reading suggestions:
Breckwoldt, Roland and others; Living corridors.
Greening Publications, 1944.

Breckwoldt, Roland; The last stand: managing Australia's remnant forests and woodlands.
National Tree Program. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1986.

Saunder's D.A. and others (Ed's), Nature conservation: the role of remnants of native vegetation.
Surrey Beatly and Sons, Chipping Norton, NSW, March 1987.

Alex Sticpewich, Upper Lachlan Regional Action Plan. A Natural Heritage Trust Project.
Upper Lachlan Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc, August 2000


The remnant assemblages (shown in green on the map) are significant. Further details on the Upper Lachlan Catchment Region are under The Oolong Conservation Program.This map covers a portion of the blanc area, north of Canberra on the maps on Wilderness Protection Plans, which show Wilderness to be protected, areas declared wilderness and National parks/State forest.The blanc area contains many small vegetation remnants, which are not shown. Nature reservers in this area are poorly represented in the States Conservation System.

Nature Reserves around Dalton

The nearest Nature Reserve to Dalton is Mundoonen Nature Reserve, approximately 20 kms south west of Oolong. Belmont Forest is approximately 35 kms to the south east. The next nearest lands managed by the department is Hattons Corner at Yass and then Burrinjuck Nature Reserve 40 kms south west of Yass. The country in the southern tablelands between Yass and Cowra is also poorly represented in the States Conservation System. Developing a network of wildlife corridors to link the small remnants in the Upper Lachlan Region is the best way to fill part of the blanc area to allow the movement of wildlife. When more nature reseves are mapped and the blanc area is intersected by several links they will become a functional wilderness.

Note: We have some crown roads, which are abandoned but extremely valuable as wildlife corridors.
One of them at Oolong is also a 'critical habitat' for endangered bird species and ecosystems.

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