National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales)

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) was a part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (New South Wales) - formerly the main government conservation agency in New South Wales, Australia. It is currently part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

National Parks and Wildlife Service
Region served
New South Wales

The NSW NPWS was established in 1967 when the Fauna Protection Panel and Reserves Branch of the Lands Department were amalgamated[1] under Lands Minister Hon. Tom Lewis AO. Lewis also establish the charity, National Parks Foundation to assist the NPWS raise funds for conservation.[2] The first Director of the NPWS was Sam P. Weems of the US National Park Service.

Duties performed by the NSW NPWS include:

  1. Wildlife Conservation
  2. Statistical Analysis of Species in Protected Areas
  3. Mapping of protected zones
  4. Combat of salinity and soil erosion
  5. Upkeep of Fire Trails
  6. Fire Management, including Hazard Reduction Burning[3]
  7. Assistance to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service

See also


  1. Parliament of New South Wales (1967). "National Parks and Wildlife Act, New South Wales (1967)" (PDF).
  2. "About The Foundation". Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.
  3. "Conservation: Hazard reduction". NSW National Parks. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
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