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Commonwealth Land


  1. Informal Reserves on Commonwealth land total 6,200 hectares and are identified on Map 1(B).

  2. The Commonwealth agrees to manage those areas of Commonwealth owned land identified in the Singleton Army Training Area as CAR Informal Reserves for the protection of identified CAR values, on the following conditions:

  • Condition 1. That the reserve does not exclude Defence activities that would not compromise the maintenance of the CAR values. Necessary Unexploded Ordinance management will not be impeded by any Informal Reserve declaration or this agreement.

  • Condition 2. That the establishment of the reserve is based on existing Defence management arrangements as prescribed in the Singleton Area Environmental Management Plan (1998) rather than any modification of existing tenures which may be detrimental to Defence’s usage of the training areas.

  • Condition 3. That Defence is the sole approving agency for the Defence Environmental Management Plans that prescribe the management regime for the reserve. Defence will however consult with relevant State and Commonwealth agencies on the appropriateness of the management regimes.

  • Condition 4. Consultation on management by Defence of Defence activities in the training areas will be achieved in the consultation process with the State and Local authorities and other stakeholders in the review of the Environmental Management Plan for the Singleton Army Training Area.

  • Condition 5. Public comment on changes to the reserve boundary will occur except in circumstances proscribed by national defence protocols.

  • Condition 6. The reserve boundary will delineate the actual CAR values. Defence will establish all operational and environmental management buffer zones around the reserve based on particular land use activities that may occur adjacent to the reserves. The buffers will be identified in the Defence Environmental Management Plans.

  1. The Department of Defence will identify this CAR Informal Reserve on Commonwealth land on operational and planning maps.

  2. The CAR Informal Reserves on Commonwealth land will be included in future Environmental Management Plans prepared for the area.

Forest Management Zoning

  1. New South Wales will, by 30 June 2000, produce a Regional ESFM Plan for the Lower North East region that includes Forest Management Zoning within State forests as described in the document Forest Management Zoning in State Forests, (SFNSW 1999). Of particular significance for the conservation of Forest Ecosystems and Old Growth forest are the:

  • Special Protection Zone (FMZ 1). These areas are dedicated and managed to maximise the protection of natural and cultural values. Timber harvesting, removal of Forest Products and materials, grazing by domestic stock, gravel/hard rock quarrying and mineral and petroleum exploration are not generally permitted within this zone.

  • Special Management Zone (FMZ 2). These areas are established following public comment and are gazetted and managed for the protection of natural and cultural conservation values where it is not possible or practicable to include them in the Special Protection Zone. Activities not permitted in this zone are similar to the Special Protection Zone except that mineral and petroleum exploration are permitted. Any mining proposal following from exploration will require standard environmental impact assessment and development approval processes.

  • Harvesting Exclusions Zone (FMZ 3A). These are areas where harvesting is excluded but other management and production activities preclude zoning as Special Protection Zone or Special Management Zone. These may be:

  • i) Dedicated leasehold where lease conditions permit activities such as grazing and timber supply for lease fencing etc, and in some cases residency, or

  • ii) Areas identified as important by the Department of Mineral Resources where there are current or imminent petroleum and mineral exploration and/ or mining activities, or

  • iii) Other areas which are excluded from harvesting (eg. Net Harvestable Area (NHA) exclusions) but size, boundaries or management practicabilities preclude designation as FMZ 1 or FMZ 2.

  • Special Prescription Zone (FMZ 3B). These areas are established for the protection and management of identified values whilst also allowing other management and production activities. These activities (which in some cases includes timber, Forest Product and materials extraction) are minimised in their design and implementation to maintain or enhance the values that the area is zoned to protect. A case by case assessment of these areas will be undertaken to determine which forestry activities can occur. The decision is dependent on the specific values involved.

  1. New South Wales agrees to establish all Dedicated Reserve and Informal Reserve components of the CAR Reserve System within six months of signing this Agreement.

Integrated Forestry Operations Approval


  1. The Integrated Forestry Operations Approval covering the Lower North East region is the principal vehicle by which Environment and Heritage Values that are impracticable to include in reserves can be conserved. The JANIS Reserve Criteria provide for the management of such values through prescriptions. The Integrated Forestry Operations Approval takes account of the extent of reserved habitat, whether the prescriptions are operationally feasible, and the relative conservation status of each species.

INDENTIFIED CAR VALUES AND THEIR PROTECTION AFFORDED THROUGH THE RFA

  1. Levels of protection for Forest Ecosystems and Old Growth forest achieved in the CAR Reserve System are shown in Tables 1 and 2 of this Attachment as follows:

  • Dedicated Reserves; as described in Clause 4 of this Attachment,

  • Informal Reserves; as described in Clause 4 of this Attachment,

  • Prescription; includes the areas within the Harvesting Exclusions Zone (Zone 3A), and those areas of the Special Management Zone (Zone 2) that, due to the size or shape, do not meet the Informal Reserve category outlined above.

    It should be noted that the Special Prescription Zone (Zone 3B) and the IFOA afford additional protection over that included in the table.




Table 1. Percentage reservation status of Forest and Non-Forest Ecosystems in the CAR Reserve System in the Lower North East region based on vegetation modelling to establish the pre-1750 extent of Forest Ecosystems in the regiona


Forest Ecosystemsb

Area


Percent Remaining

Statusc

Percent of Forest Ecosystem (pre-1750) extent in the CAR Reserve System




Pre 1750 (ha)

Current (ha)







Dedicated Reserves

Informal Reserved

Prescriptione

Total

2 Alpine Gum*

15021

3971

26.4

V

7.7

3.1

0.5

11.3

3 Baileys Stringybark*

301

285

94.7

R

71.1

0.0

0.0

71.1

6 Barrington Dry Shrubby New England Blackbutt-Blue Gum

3667

3227

88.0

-

37.7

3.4

2.7

43.7

7 Barrington Moist Blue Gum-White Mahogany*

46597

32659

70.1

-

5.6

3.6

3.4

12.6

8 Barrington Wet New England Blackbutt-Blue Gum*

68504

45911

67.0

-

10.7

1.7

1.7

14.1

10 Black Sallee

2

2

100.0

R

50.0

0.0

0.0

50.0

11 Blackbutt-Sydney Peppermint-Smoothbarked Apple*

3560

1382

38.8

-

7.0

5.0

0.0

12.0

12 Blue Mountain Ash

1

1

100.0

R

100.0

0.0

0.0

100.0

13 Blue-leaved Stringybark

25

25

100.0

R

97.1

0.0

0.0

97.1

14 Brown Barrell*

1557

814

52.3

R

25.0

0.0

1.2

26.2

15 Brown Barrell-Gum

15290

8711

57.0

-

11.6

8.3

1.6

21.5

16 Bull Oak

5

5

100.0

R

100.0

0.0

0.0

100.0

17 Candlebark*

243

20

8.2

E

0.0

0.8

0.0

0.8

19 Central Mid Elevation Sydney Blue Gum*

92222

40971

44.4

-

5.1

1.1

2.1

8.3

20 Clarence Lowland Needlebark Stringybark

81

81

100.0

R

99.8

0.0

0.0

99.8

21 Lowlands Grey Box*

5917

1219

20.6

V

10.8

0.2

0.0

11.0

22 Coast Cypress Pine

34

34

100.0

R

88.5

0.0

0.0

88.5

23 Coast Range Bloodwood-Mahogany

636

564

88.7

R

82.7

0.0

0.1

82.8

25 Coast Range Spotted Gum-Blackbutt

25

25

100.0

R

100.0

0.0

0.0

100.0

26 Coastal Flooded Gum*

15166

8753

57.7

-

9.1

0.7

2.3

12.1

27 Coastal Sands Blackbutt

27026

17312

64.1

-

29.7

0.2

0.0

29.9

28 Cool Moist Messmate*

14324

6467

45.2

-

9.4

1.2

1.2

11.7

29 Corkwood-Crabapple and Mixed Stringybarks

2891

2293

79.3

-

34.6

1.1

7.8

43.5

30 Diehard Stringybark-New England Blackbutt

51716

43510

84.1

-

42.0

7.1

2.6

51.6

31 Dorrigo White Gum*

6449

1123

17.4

V

0.9

0.1

1.0

1.9

32 Dry Foothills Blackbutt-Turpentine*

48456

33592

69.3

-

8.7

1.0

2.4

12.0

33 Dry Foothills Spotted Gum*

32880

17688

53.8

-

8.7

0.3

0.3

9.3

34 Dry Grassy Blackbutt-Tallowwood*

134865

59390

44.0

-

5.4

0.2

0.4

6.0

35 Dry Grassy Stringybark

133894

97614

72.9

-

16.5

2.0

1.9

20.4

36 Dry Grassy Tallowwood-Grey Gum

264265

178516

67.6

-

12.1

1.9

1.6

15.6

37 Dry Heathy Blackbutt-Bloodwood

4939

2889

58.5

-

27.4

0.9

1.2

29.6

38 Dry Heathy New England Blackbutt

550

528

96.0

R

58.7

6.7

5.0

70.4

39 Dry Heathy New England Stringybarks

15

15

100.0

R

100.0

0.0

0.0

100.0

41 Dry Open New England Blackbutt*

115751

32932

28.5

V

4.1

0.3

1.7

6.1

42 Dry Redgum-Bloodwood-Apple

107232

69509

64.8

-

15.4

1.1

0.4

16.9

43 Dry Silvertop Stringybark-Apple

19265

14918

77.4

-

27.5

1.9

1.3

30.8

44 Dry open Redgum-Broad Leaved Apple

2404

2291

95.3

-

47.6

1.3

0.0

48.9

46 Eastern Red Gums

38

38

100.0

R

59.3

0.0

0.0

59.3

47 Escarpment Redgum*

74953

20498

27.4

V

2.2

0.5

0.5

3.2

48 Escarpment Scribbly Gum-Apple*

27471

7574

27.6

V

6.8

0.2

0.2

7.2

49 Escarpment Tallowwood-Bloodwood

57865

49918

86.3

-

26.3

4.3

2.6

33.1

50 Wet Bangalow-Brushbox

5677

3614

63.7

-

23.4

1.5

2.6

27.5

51 Eurabbie

277

276

99.6

R

85.9

1.7

0.0

87.6

53 Gorge Grey Box

6995

6034

86.3

-

41.1

0.7

1.1

42.9

54 Grey Box-Red Gum-Grey Ironbark*

91248

19838

21.7

V

8.4

1.3

0.3

10.0

55 Foothills Grey Gum-Spotted Gum

3065

2438

79.5

-

14.1

2.4

4.9

21.4

56 Granite Mallee*

7173

4025

56.1

-

12.0

1.2

1.1

14.4

57 Highland Granite Stringybarks*

2481

924

37.2

R

8.6

0.0

1.3

9.9

58 Gorge Grey Gum*

51

51

100.0

R

57.3

5.9

0.0

63.1

60 Grassy New England Blackbutt-Tallowwood-Blue Gum

40573

33586

82.8

-

32.0

2.9

2.6

37.5

63 Grey Gum-Stringybark

23099

16056

69.5

-

22.5

2.8

1.1

26.4

65 Heathy Scribbly Gum

31362

23471

74.8

-

28.1

6.3

1.9

36.3

67 High Elevation Ferny Blackbutt

34934

30899

88.5

-

39.8

3.4

3.4

46.6

68 High Elevation Messmate-Brown Barrell

19641

15974

81.3

-

7.0

15.3

4.0

26.4

69 High Elevation Moist Open Tallowwood-Blue Gum

30029

27141

90.4

-

34.3

4.3

3.1

41.7

70 High Elevation Open Spotted Gum*

21

12

57.1

R

0.4

0.0

2.3

2.7

71 Ironbark

209443

89985

43.0

-

13.4

1.6

1.7

16.7

72 Low Relief Coastal Blackbutt*

23365

10894

46.6

-

5.0

0.3

0.5

5.9

73 Lowland Red Gum*

574

366

63.8

R

20.5

3.9

10.1

34.6
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