Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Griffith/Leeton local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
217,100 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
26,000 ha ( 12%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
6,530 ha (25%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
7,850 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
56,100 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
4,610 ha (8%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
1,530 ha (33%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
3,840 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Black Box woodlands, River Red Gum forests, Grey Box woodlands, Weeping Myall woodlands; Native grasslands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

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


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Barren Box Swamp, Gooragool Lagoon, Main Canal, Benerembah Channel, Northern Branch Canal, Fivebough and Tuckerbil Swamps.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
14,200 ha (7%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
114 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
120 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
1,730 ha (3%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
114 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
10 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Murrumbidgee River, Mirrool Creek, Little Mirrool Creek, Yanco Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
6,814 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
872 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
47 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Mia Precincts, Binya State Forest, Willbriggie State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Duck-billed Platypus, Australasian Bittern, Australian Pelican, Black Falcon, Bush Stone-curlew, Grey Falcon, Magpie Goose, Peregrine Falcon, Southern Boobook, Spotted Harriet, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard, Shingleback.

Plants: River Red Gum.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Australasian Bittern, (E), Australian Painted Snipe (E), Black- chinned Honeyeater (N), Bush Stone-curlew (N), Dusky Woodswallow (N), Flame Robin (N), Glossy Black-Cockatoo (N,Q), Grey Falcon (N), Latham's Snipe (M), Little Eagle (N), Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (N,Q), Magpie Goose (N), Painted Honeyeater (V), Pied Honeyeater (N), Red-lored Whistler (V), Sloane's Froglet (N), Spotted Harrier (N), Superb Parrot (V).

Plants: Curly-bark Wattle (V), Holly-leaf Grevillea (N), Small Scurf-pea (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;