Identification, Assessment and Protection of National Estate Part a natural Values



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List of Tables in the Text


Table 1: Biophysical Naturalness Rating Scheme 18

TABLE 2: Biophysical naturalness rating scheme applied to LNE NSW 19

TABLE 3: Land tenure of significant national estate wilderness values 19

TABLE 4: Land Tenure of significant national estate natural landscape values 21

Table 5: indicative undisturbed catchment areas 23

TABLE 7: Land Tenure of indicative national estate Old-growth forest 26

TABLE 8: Land Tenure of indicative national estate centres of endemism 29

TABLE 9: Land Tenure of indicative national estate species with disjunct ranges 31

TABLE 10: Land Tenure of indicative national estate species at the limit of their range 33

TABLE 11: Land Tenure of indicative national estate refugia 36

TABLE 12: Land Tenure of indicative national estate primitive, relictual and phylogenetically distinct species 38

TABLE 13: Land Tenure of indicative national estate migratory species 40

TABLE 14: Land Tenure of indicative national estate important habitat 43

TABLE 15: Land Tenure of indicative national estate remnant vegetation and rare old-growth forest 44

TABLE 16: Land Tenure of indicative national estate species richness 46

TABLE 17: Land Tenure of indicative national estate vegetation community richness 48

TABLE 17: Land Tenure of indicative national estate habitat richness 49

TABLE 18: Land Tenure of indicative national estate rare species 51

TABLE 19: Land Tenure of indicative national estate rare vegetation communities 53



List of Maps


MAP 1 EXISTING AREAS LISTED ON THE REGISTER OF THE NATIONAL ESTATE IN UNE NSW

MAP 2 AREAS MEETING WILDERNESS CRITERIA FOR UNE NSW

MAP 3 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR NATURAL LANDSCAPES IN UNE NSW

MAP 4 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR UNDISTURBED CATCHMENTS IN UNE NSW

MAP 5 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR NATIONAL ESTATE OLD-GROWTH FOREST UNE NSW

MAP 6 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR CENTRES OF ENDEMISM IN UNE NSW

MAP 7 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR FAUNA WITH DISJUNCT POPULATIONS IN UNE NSW

MAP 8 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR FLORA WITH DISJUNCT POPULATIONS IN UNE NSW

MAP 9 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR FAUNA AT THE LIMIT OF THEIR RANGE IN UNE NSW

MAP 10 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR FLORA AT THE LIMIT OF THEIR RANGE IN UNE NSW

MAP 11 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR REFUGIA IN UNE NSW

MAP 12 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR PRIMITIVE, RELICTUAL AND PHYLOGENETICALLY DISTINCT SPECIES

MAP 13 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR MIGRATORY SPECIES IN UNE NSW

MAP 14 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR IMPORTANT HABITAT

MAP 15 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR REMNANT VEGETATION AND RARE OLD-GROWTH FOREST

MAP 16 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR FAUNA SPECIES RICHNESS

MAP 17 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR FLORA SPECIES RICHNESS

MAP 18 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR VEGETATION COMMUNITY RICHNESS

MAP 19 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR HABITAT RICHNESS

MAP 20 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR RARE FAUNA

MAP 21 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR RARE FLORA

MAP 22 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR RARE VEGETATION COMMUNITIES

MAP 23 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR GEOHERITAGE

MAP 24 AREAS ABOVE THRESHOLD FOR NATURAL HISTORY


1. INTRODUCTION


The development of the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) between the New South Wales and Commonwealth Governments involves a number of stages. The comprehensive regional assessment (CRA) has involved both governments in a wide array of projects to provide the necessary information to identify forest associated values and determine possible approaches for an RFA. Later stages include the integration of social, economic, environment and heritage values in the region, public consultation and drafting of the RFA.
This report presents the results of the assessment of natural national estate values conducted as part of the CRA and identifies indicative areas of national estate value in the region. The work was conducted as part of the project: JANIS Conservation Requirements and Natural National Estate Identification, Assessment and Protection for the Upper and Lower North East. Conservation requirements will be reported on separately.
Under the National Forest Policy Statement (NFPS 1992), Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments agreed to the assessment of national estate values of forests. Attachment 1 of the NSW CRA/RFA Scoping Agreement requires the CRAs to ‘identify, assess and document national estate values including natural and cultural heritage in NSW to satisfy Commonwealth obligations under the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975.’
Key points from the Scoping Agreement include:


  • Identification to be undertaken jointly by the Australian Heritage Commission (the Commission) and NSW in accordance with national estate criteria for identifying places of significance;

  • Values identified and methodologies utilised to be jointly agreed between the Commission and NSW;

  • Identification, delineation and mapping of national estate values and places;

  • Assessment of current levels of protection of national estate values and places;

  • Identification of conservation principles for the protection of national estate values and places;

  • Documentation of agreed methodologies; and

  • Documentation sufficient for interim listing in the Register of the National Estate (RNE) where appropriate.

As defined in the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975, the national estate comprises:


those places, being components of the natural environment of Australia, or the cultural environment of Australia, that have aesthetic, historic, scientific or social significance or other special value for future generations as well as for the present community.
The Australian Heritage Commission’s responsibility is to identify the national estate and under section 30 of the Act, to advise the Commonwealth Government on the protection of national estate places and the potential impact on national estate values of Commonwealth decision relating to those places. The Act also requires the establishment of the Register of the National Estate. The Register includes places of importance at a local, regional or national level. The identification and assessment of places for listing in the Register is guided by the national estate criteria.
The information documented in this report will be taken into account in delineating national estate places. Areas endorsed by the Australian Heritage Commission (AHC) will be interim listed in the Register of the National Estate. Interim listed areas will then be advertised and subject to a statutory period of three months (allowed for objections and public comment). Interim listing of areas identified through this process is expected to take place after the RFA for lower north-eastern NSW is signed.




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