Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Coonamble/Warrumbungle local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
172,100 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
28,500 ha (17%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
13,300 ha (47%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
1,370 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
16,200 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
850 ha (5%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
690 ha (81%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
12,640 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

White Box woodlands, Coolibah woodlands, Poplar Box woodlands, Native grasslands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Coolibah-Black Box woodland of the Brigalow Belt South and Darling Riverine Plains bioregions (E) White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland (CE).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Macquarie Marshes.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
1,200 ha (1%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
117 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
981 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
130 ha (1%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
117 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
98 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Macquarie River, Binnia Creek, Frazers Creek, Gidgenbar Watercourse, Magometon Creek, Marthaguy Creek, Mowlma Creek, Nedgera Creek, Saltwater Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
691 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
761 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
2,866 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Garrawilla National Park, Kerringle State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Koala, Short-beaked Echidna, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Glossy Ibis, Laughing Kookaburra, Tawny Frogmouth, Willie Wagtail, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard, Sand Goanna, Shingleback.

Plants: Coolibah, River Red Gum, Weeping Myall.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Koala (V), Northern Free-tail Bat (N), Australian Bustard (N), Australian Painted Snipe (E), Barking Owl (N), Grey-crowned Babbler (N), Glossy Ibis (M), Hooded Robin (N), Latham’s Snipe (M), Regent Honeyeater (CE), Scarlet Robin (N), Speckled Warbler (N), Turquoise Parrot (N), Southern Spotted Purple Gudgeon (N), Darling River Snail (N).

Plants: Greenhood Orchid (N) Shrub Sida (N), Commersonia procumbens (V), Philotheca ericifolia (V), Tylophora linearis (E).

Commonwealth Listing: V = Vulnerable; E = Endangered; CE = Critically Endangered; M = Migratory State listing; N = listed as threatened in NSW; Q = listed as threatened in Queensland;