Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Edward River local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
130,400 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
59,800 ha (46%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
24,300 ha (41%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
8,210 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
14,400 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
6,560 ha (46%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
1,330 ha (20%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
3,120 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Native grasslands, Black Box woodlands, River Red Gum forests.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Natural grasslands of the Murray Valley Plains (CE).
Lowland Murray River aquatic ecological community (N).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Bowna Swamp, Dry Lake, Sheep Mulwala Canal, NSW Central Murray State Forests.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
8,300 ha (6%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
204 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
136 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
1,430 ha (10%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
204 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
19 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Edward River, Billabong Creek, Browns Creek, Delta Creek, Forest Creek, Forest Anabranch, Yanco Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
2,730 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

none.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Macquarie Perch, Murray Cod.

Plants: River Red Gum, Slender Darling Pea.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Australasian Bittern (E), Barking Owl (N), Black Falcon (N), Bush Stone-curlew (E), Diamond Firetail (N), Dusky Woodswallow (N), Grey-crowned Babbler (N), Little Eagle (N), Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (N,Q), Pied Honeyeater (N), Plains Wanderer (CE), Scarlet Robin (N), Superb Parrot (V), White-fronted Chat (N), Macquarie Perch (E), Murray Cod (V), Trout Cod (E), Flathead Galaxias (CE).

Plants: Chariot Wheels (V), River Swamp Wallaby-grass (E), Slender Darling Pea (V), Small Scurf-pea (N), Yellow Gum (N).

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;