The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has labelled Tuesday’s budget a huge missed opportunity for regional NSW and criticised the NSW Government’s overall lack of economic vision.
A description of two NSW state-wide vegetation maps and comments on their relevance to biodiversity assessment
Dr John Benson, Ecologist and member of National Parks Association of NSW
The recent comment on biodiversity decline in New South Wales canvassed that unreliable vegetation mapping could compound deficiencies in recently enacted biodiversity regulations. After the change of government in New South Wales in 2011, it appears a decision was made for NSW to adopt maps in biodiversity regulations replacing previous on-ground site assessment and property planning. This transition to maps raises challenges because unlike a google street map, vegetation maps contain errors leading to significant uncertainty in site-based land-use decisions.
Students at Blairmount Public School kicked off pollinator week a bit early with the ‘Bringing back the buzz to the Cumberland Plain Woodland’ project. Pollinator week, 12-19th November, is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our native bees and contribute to their conservation.
Landholders along the Illawarra Escarpment have an opportunity participate in a wildlife survey to find out ‘Who’s living on my land?’. Landholders participating in the Who’s living on my land? survey will get a chance to learn how to use and borrow an infrared camera to survey their property for native and pest animals.
Fran van den Berg and Margot Law, NPA citizen science officers
We have been having an un-BEE-lieveable time with 60 students from Harrington Park Public School! As part of our new project, Bringing Back the Buzz to the Cumberland Plain Woodland, we piloted new lessons to inspire the next generation of conservationists to consider the role of native flowers and their pollinators in the ecosystem.
Appointment of 4 State Councillors
Applications are invited to fill 4 new positions relating to the following portfolio areas:
• Northern Sydney
• Western Sydney
• Marine conservation
• Bushwalking and field activities.