Livingstone National Park

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Livingstone National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Livingstone National Park is located in New South Wales
Livingstone National Park
Livingstone National Park
State New South Wales
Nearest town or city Mangoplah
Coordinates 35°22′8.15″S 147°21′35.71″E / 35.3689306°S 147.3599194°E / -35.3689306; 147.3599194Coordinates: 35°22′8.15″S 147°21′35.71″E / 35.3689306°S 147.3599194°E / -35.3689306; 147.3599194
Area 19.19 km2 (7.4 sq mi)
Established January 2001
Managing authorities New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service

Livingstone is a national park and state conservation area located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Wagga Wagga and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) east of Mangoplah, in the South West Slopes region of south western New South Wales.[1][2]

History[edit]

The national park originally was proclaimed as a State Forest in 1915 for timber located within the forest which was to be preserved for the town of Junee. A branch line from Mangoplah to Westby was located next to the state forest to carry timber but was later dismantled.[3] A report by the New South Wales Forestry Commission found that the forest was only one of its type left, with further studies on the forest found a colony of Squirrel Gliders, which are the only two colonies left within southern New South Wales, three types of orchids and over 100 species of native birds.[1] In 1976, the Wagga Wildlife and Conservation Society requested that the state forest to be gazetted as a national park after it was under threat however the request was turned down. In January 2001 the state forest was gazetted as a national park with an area of 1,919 hectares.[4]

Environment[edit]

The park has four types of vegetation, including grass trees, mallee, kangaroo grass and open forest.[5] It is part of the South-west Slopes of NSW Important Bird Area (IBA), identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for the conservation of Swift Parrots and Superb Parrots.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Livingstone National Park and State Conservation Area Plan of Management". New South Wales Government (Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water). 2008. ISBN 978-1-74232-051-9. 
  2. ^ "Livingstone National Park". Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  3. ^ "National Park Estate (Reservations) Bill". New South Wales Government. Parliament of New South Wales. 2005-06-21. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Park management". New South Wales Government. Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Livingstone National Park". New South Wales Government. Parliament of New South Wales. 2001-10-24. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  6. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: South-west Slopes of NSW. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2011-10-19.

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