Nature needs our help more than ever. The fires of 2019/2020 have left a permanent imprint on many of our natural landscapes and pushed once safe species towards extinction. Against this backdrop, climate change, destructive development, logging and loss of marine conservation are posing increased threats to nature.
The next two to three years will be a critical time for the future of our national parks and wildlife populations. We need to act now to make sure that any long-lasting decisions are first and foremost about protecting nature for healthy ecosystems to thrive in our reserve systems.
“Humanity’s relationship with nature must change if we are to overcome many of the problems we are now facing. NPA’s advocacy, community engagement and citizen science programs rests on a strong history of integrity that has given us a reputable voice in standing up for nature. We can only do this with your support. Please donate today.”– Gary Dunnett, NPA Executive Officer
Protecting nature through community action
National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) advocates for scientific, evidence based solutions that will benefit nature and communities through submissions to the Bushfire Inquiries. We are greatly concerned that unproven hazard reduction techniques, such as logging and grazing in native forests, will cause irreparable damage to our conservation reserves.
NPA calls for a moratorium on logging of our remnant native forests that include some of the last remaining unburnt koala habitats. These critically important forests must be protected against logging and unrealistic wood supply agreements.
We work to strengthen protection zones for marine environments and challenge decisions that are eroding existing marine conservation areas.
NPA campaigns for public scrutiny of development projects that threaten or cause serious environmental damage. These include a coal mining extension approved during the COVID-19 pandemic under one of Sydney’s drinking water reservoirs, and the Snowy 2.0 mega development in Kosciuszko National Park.
Our Regrow Rewild project is built on NPA’s extensive experience in running community engagement and citizen science programs. Coordinating on-ground volunteer activities on selected sites, we’ll be examining and documenting unburnt conservation areas and the wildlife within them. This focus will offer us the best hope for recovery of many native species that have been pushed to the edge of extinction by the 2019/20 bushfires.
NPA’s Who’s Living On My Land program works with private landholders in or near fire affected areas to monitor native wildlife and feral pests.
We are still far from achieving these outcomes, but if we do not we get there, we will continue to see a rapid loss of species, common and threatened alike. Standing up for nature is our business, and with your support we can make our conservation goals a reality.
“Caring for the environment is more important than ever. With changing climate and pressures to exploit our natural heritage, we need a strong NPA, drawing on its experience and expertise, to stand up for nature. If you can, please join me in helping to make this happen.”Anne Reeves, Former NPA President