Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

NSW’s 800th National Park - a 5 Star Achievement

Blue Mountain Conservation Society
Colong Foundation for Wilderness

“The NSW Government can be truly proud of its record in dedicating national parks. The acquisition of the 800th National Park, the 2,800 hectare Capertee National Park, creates a haven for endangered woodland birds. It will also be a fantastic holiday destination when opened to the public in a few months time,” said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“The Capertee National Park is just north of a soon-to-be-announced State Conservation Area over the Airly-Genowlan Mesa.  The planned dedication of Airly reserve would make a contiguous forest blanket joining with the million hectare Greater Blue Mountains reserve system.  While Capertee has the biodiversity, Airly has the superlative natural beauty and together they will create a truly great addition to the reserve system”, he said.

“The grassy woodlands of Capertee Valley were poorly represented in existing reserves. The new National Park when added to the existing Blue Mountains Parks will greatly increase the chances of survival for woodland bird species.  The nationally endangered Regent Honeyeater will benefit from the protection of 12 kilometres of prime breeding habitat along the Capertee River”, Ms Tara Cameron, President of The Blue Mountains Conservation Society said.

“The property has 17 different vegetation communities, including Yellow Box Blakely’s Red Gum Woodland and Grassy White Box Woodlands that are Endangered Ecological Communities,” she said.

“The adjoining Crown lands on the Airly and Genowlan Mountains are spectacular areas that can now be reserved after a campaign lasting stretching back to 1985.  Airly-Genowlan area is also natural history wonderland that will be a prime attraction to the area.  It is essential that these mountains are reserved and managed in harmony with the new Capertee National Park before its spectacular scenic features are degraded through neglect”, Ms Cameron said.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404(mob)
                                                 Tara Cameron, 0419 824 974 (mob)