Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Federation/Narrandera local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
62,600 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
20,100 ha (32%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
9,510 ha (47%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
3,260 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
5,500 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
450 ha (8%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
90 ha (20%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
4,230 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

River Red Gum forests, Grey Box woodlands, Yellow Box woodlands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Grey Box (Eucalyptus microcarpa) grassy woodlands and derived native grasslands of South-eastern Australia (E).

Lowland Murray River aquatic ecological community (N).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Dry Lake, Main Canal, Gum Hole, Goonerah Lagoon, Tom Grogans Lagoon.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
5,610 ha (9%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
80 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
112 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
540 ha (10%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
80 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
12 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Murrumbidgee River, Colombo Creek, Yanco Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
244 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
1,312 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
1,727 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Gillenbah State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Koala, Duck-billed Platypus, Black-fronted Dotterel, Black Swan, Glossy Ibis, Peregrine Falcon, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Zebra Finch, Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard, Macquarie Perch, Murray Cod, Murray Crayfish, Common Yabby.

Plants: River Red Gum, Red Darling Pea, Slender Darling Pea.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Brush-tailed Phascogale (N), Koala (V), Squirrel Glider (N), Diamond Firetail (N), Dusky Woodswallow (N), Flame Robin (N), Hooded Robin (N), Glossy Black Cockatoo (N,Q), Grey-crowned Babbler (N), Little Eagle (N), Scarlet Robin (N), Superb Parrot (V), Swift Parrot (CE), White- fronted Chat (N), Sloane’s Froglet (N), Macquarie Perch (E), Murray Cod (V), Trout Cod (E), Flathead Galaxias (CE), Southern Pygmy Perch (N).

Plants: Mueller Daisy (V), Pine Donkey Orchid (N), Red Darling Pea (V), Slender Darling Pea (V), River Swamp Wallaby-grass (V), Sand-hill Spider- orchid (E), 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;