Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Parkes/Forbes local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
209,600 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
36,000 ha (17%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
17,400 ha (48%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
3,080 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
23,100 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
1,440 ha (6%)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
660 ha (46%)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
12,460 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

River Red Gum forests, Grey Box woodlands, White Box 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).
White Box-Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland (CE).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Bundaburrah Cowal, Lake Cowal, Nerang Cowal.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
23,600 ha (11%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
236 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
469 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
3,070 ha (13%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
236 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
103 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Bogan River, Lachlan River, Bumbuggan Creek, Bullock Creek, Bundaburrah Creek, Goobang Creek, Genaren Creek, Gunningbland Creek, Sandy Creek.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
1,540 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
4,380 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
1,940 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Wilbertroy Preccinct, Gunningbland State Forest, Strahorn State Forest.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Duck-billed Platypus, Australasian Bittern, Black Falcon, Brolga, Bush Stone-curlew, Grey-crowned Babbler, Magpie Goose, Southern Boobook, Eastern Blue-tongue Lizard.

Plants: River Red Gum.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Little Pied Bat (N), Yellow-bellied Sheathtail-bat (N), Australasian Bittern (E), Bar-tailed Godwit (M), Black-chinned Honeyeater (N), Painted Honeyeater (N), Brolga (N), Common Sandpiper (M), Wood Sandpiper M), Dusky Woodswallow (N), Freckled Duck (N), Grey-crowned Babbler (N), Rainbow Bee-eater (M), Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon (N).

Plants: Austrostipa wakoolica (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;