More land bought to help save NSW koalas

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More than 20 endangered species, including koalas, long-nosed potoroos and owls, will benefit from the acquisition of 2,000 hectares of bushland for the NSW National Parks estate.

The acquisitions are spread across three sites, one in Monaro, one near Yamba and the third north of Taree, and are part of a program targeting the state’s most important areas for koala conservation.

“Securing koala habitat in national parks is part of our strategy to double the koala population by 2050,” said Environment Minister James Griffin.

“In addition to koalas, these additions to the national park will protect an incredible diversity of endangered species.”

In the south of the state, the government has purchased 1,052 hectares adjoining the Macanally State Conservation Area.

Endowed with long unburned forests, it is part of a corridor connecting the plateaus with the coastal forests.

In the north of the state, 752 hectares have been purchased adjacent to Bundjalung National Park near Yamba, a habitat for brush-tailed phascogales, yellow-bellied gliders and owls.

The third property is 200 hectares abutting the Killabakh Nature Reserve in the North Taree Ranges which comprises 130 hectares of moist sclerophyllous forest with tallowwood, flooded gums and Sydney blue gums, all food trees important to koalas.

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