Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Gunnedah local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
390,700 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
63,200 ha (16%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
31,300 ha (50%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
4,600 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
132,600 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
7,910 ha (6%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
5,960 ha (75%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
24,050 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Native grasslands, Poplar Box woodlands, White Box woodlands, Narrow-leaved Ironbark woodlands, Inland Rainforests.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Natural grasslands on basalt and fine-textured alluvial plains of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland (CE).
Semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt (North and South) and Nandewar bioregions (E).
White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland (CE).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Lake Goran, Walla Wallah Crossing, Gunnible Lagoon.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
8,400 ha (2%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
294 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
1,240 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
430 ha (0.3%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
294 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
270 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Mooki River, Namoi River, Peel River, Bundella Creek, Coxs Creek, Garawilla Creek, Saltwater Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
5,964 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
4,356 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
3,843 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Trinkey State Conservation Area, Wondoba State Conservation Area, Lake Keepit State Recreation Area, Breeza State Forest, Kelvin State Forest, Somerton State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Koala, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Barking Owl, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Short-beaked Echidna, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Southern Boobook, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Zebra Finch, Silver Perch.

Plants: Ooline, River Red Gum.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Koala (V), Spotted-tailed Quoll (E), Squirrel Glider (N), Eastern Cave Bat (N), Large-eared Pied Bat (V), Barking Owl (N), Black Falcon (N), Diamond Firetail (N), Hooded Robin (N), Little Lorikeet (N), Regent Honeyeater (CE), Satin Flycatcher (M), Varied Sittella (N), Pink-tailed Legless Lizard (V), Silver Perch (CE), Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon (N).

Plants: Bluegrass (V), Finger Panic Grass (N), Lake Keepit Hakea (E), Ooline (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;