Category Archives: national parks

What’s happened to NSW government reports on the state of its national parks?

The New South Wales government appears not to have published a comprehensively detailed State of the Parks report for over a decade, despite completing a survey of the state’s 867 national parks in 2013. Go the the government’s website – … Continue reading

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Australian national park left for almost seven years without management plan says federal auditor’s report

The Australian government’s management of six national parks has been savagely criticised in a scathing report  by the federal auditor-general’s office in Canberra. The Australian National Audit Office report found administrative arrangements had not been updated since 2013 and five … Continue reading

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State plan admits to lack of climate research for heritage listed Jenolan Caves

There is little research on how climate change, floods and bushfires will affect the Jenolan Caves, a vast 40 km system of limestone caves in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney in New South Wales, an Australian state government conservation … Continue reading

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Climate change impacting US national parks at “twice the rate” of rest of country

Climate change is affecting  national parks across the United States at “double the rate” of the country as a whole, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. It is the first spatial analysis of historical data … Continue reading

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CSIRO study captures first footage of wild pigs gorging on Bogong moths at summer hibernation sites

Wildlife monitoring cameras in an Australian alpine national park have filmed feral pigs feeding on dormant colonies of Bogong moths, one of the main food sources  of the critically endangered mountain pygmy possum. A study by CSIRO scientist Peter Caley … Continue reading

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Jobs spill for more than 50 senior roles at NSW national parks service

More than 50 senior jobs have been spilled by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service,  a move that suggests staff must reapply for their positions or negotiate redundancies. The jobs include 15 senior ranger positions across the … Continue reading

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Cactus census reveals impact of climate change on saguaro survival

A long-term study of saguaro cacti in a national park in Arizona has found  that climate change may be threatening the survival of these spectacular desert giants. Data collected over 75 years by researchers in the Saguaro National Park near … Continue reading

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Federal budget must include conservation science in push for innovation economy

Surely it’s time to overhaul and modernise Australia’s piecemeal and ponderously bureaucratic approach to protected areas? No, not less but more national parks and reserves. And faster. In his new book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, biologist Edward O. … Continue reading

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National parks loses $22 million in NSW budget cuts with fears of more science jobs to be lost

National parks services have taken a 4.4 per cent funding cut in the New South Wales 2015-16 budget , suggesting another round of job losses is looming for the state’s parks rangers and ecologists. Funding for the NSW Parks and … Continue reading

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Could Abbott’s Australia be a world leader in “paper parks” and lost biodiversity science skills?

Many of the world’s national parks and other protected areas will “exist only on paper” if they aren’t given the funding and skilled science staff to be effective, according to University of Helsinki researchers. In an editorial published in the … Continue reading

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