High Conservation Value Old Growth forest
The High Conservation Value Old Growth forest is a heritage-listed forest located across twelve local government areas in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, and New England regions of New South Wales, Australia. The conservation area is also known as Old Growth Forest; HCVOG Forest; and Upper North East NSW. Broadly speaking, the conservation area forms part of the much larger Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage site totalling more than 366,000 hectares (900,000 acres). The conservation area is owned by the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, both agencies of the Government of New South Wales. The conservation area was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 22 December 2000.
|High Conservation Value Old Growth forest|
Brindle Creek in the Border Ranges National Park, part of the conservation area
|Location||12 local government areas in the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, and New England regions of New South Wales, Australia|
|Official name: High Conservation Value Old Growth forest; Old Growth Forest; HCVOG Forest; Upper North East NSW|
|Type||State heritage (landscape)|
|Designated||22 December 2000|
|Category||Landscape - Natural|
The heritage area comprises all those parts, pieces or parcels of land containing HCVOG forest within national parks and nature reserves and state forests (excluding easements and leases) in the Upper North East Region as described below:
- depicted in the Geographic Information System theme in ESRI grid format called "hcovog1_prtctd" in the sub-directory called "Protected_HCVOG" on the CD-ROM, lodged with Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and having the volume label "991221_1516 (21 December 1999)"; and
- further described in the corresponding metadata on the CD-ROM.
- depicted in the Geographic Information System theme in ESRI ArcInfo coverage format called "easement and leases" in the sub-directory called "Heritage Office OG/Tenure" on CD-ROM lodged with the Heritage Office and having the volume label "001117 1805" (17 November 2000) and provided by State Forests of New South Wales; and
- further described in the corresponding metadata on the CD ROM.
The Upper North East Region is the area as described in section 1.4 of the Forest Agreement for the Upper North East Region, New South Wales Government, 5 March 1999. The heritage-listed conservation area is fully contained within the Armidale Region, Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Glen Innes Severn, Kyogle, Lismore, Mid-Coast, Richmond Valley, Tenterfield, and Tweed local government areas.
- National parks
The following twenty-four national parks form part of the heritage-listed conservation forest area: Bald Rock National Park, Barool National Park, Basket Swamp National Park, Boonoo Boonoo National Park, Border Ranges National Park, Bundjalung National Park, Butterleaf National Park, Capoompeta National Park, Chaelundi National Park, Guy Fawkes River National Park, Gibraltar Range National Park, Indwarra National Park, Maryland National Park, Mebbin National Park, Mount Jerusalem National Park, Mount Nothofagus National Park, Nightcap National Park, Nymboi-Binderay National Park, Nymboida National Park, Richmond Range National Park, Warra National Park, Washpool National Park, Wollumbin National Park, and Yuraygir National Park.
- Nature reserves
The following nineteen nature reserves form part of the heritage-listed conservation forest area: Burnt Down Scrub Nature Reserve, Chambigne Nature Reserve, Cudgen Nature Reserve, Limpinwood Nature Reserve, Moore Park Nature Reserve, Mount Hyland Nature Reserve, Mucklewee Mountain Nature Reserve, Tabbiemoble Swamp Nature Reserve, Toonumber Nature Reserve, Woodford Island Nature Reserve, Captains Creek Nature Reserve, Couchy Creek Nature Reserve, Demon Nature Reserve, Mann River Nature Reserve, Morro Creek Nature Reserve, Mount-Neville Nature Reserve, Sherwood Nature Reserve, Tallawudjah Nature Reserve, and Uralba Nature Reserve.
As at 22 September 2017, High Conservation Value Old Growth forest is ecologically mature eucalypt forest showing few signs of human disturbance. The upper canopy trees are no longer growing in height or spreading their crowns and show signs of old age. High Conservation Value Old Growth forest represents the best examples remaining of such forests.
High Conservation Value Old Growth forest was listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 22 December 2000 having satisfied the following criteria.
The place is important in demonstrating the course, or pattern, of cultural or natural history in New South Wales.
High Conservation Value Old Growth forest is important for its potential to demonstrate the history of their use and exploitation, as well as key sites demonstrating evidence of Aboriginal occupation over a long time period.
The place is important in demonstrating aesthetic characteristics and/or a high degree of creative or technical achievement in New South Wales.
The place has potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.
The place possesses uncommon, rare or endangered aspects of the cultural or natural history of New South Wales.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to High Conservation Value Old Growth forest.|
- "NSW Government Gazette No 103, Page 5612 of 22 September 2017 (Erratum)" (PDF). 2017.
- National Parks (2006). "Visitor Information for part of High Conservation Value Old Growth Forest".
- NSW Government (1999). Forest Agreement for the Upper North East Region.