National Parks and Wildlife Service (New South Wales)

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National Parks and Wildlife Service
NPWS NSW logo.svg
Region served
New South Wales

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (New South Wales) - the main government conservation agency in New South Wales, Australia.

The NSW NPWS was established in 1967 when the Fauna Protection Panel and Reserves Branch of the Lands Department were amalgamated under Lands Minister Hon. Tom Lewis AO. Lewis also establish the charity, National Parks Foundation to assist the NPWS raise funds for conservation.[1] 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. Upkeep of Fire Trails
  3. Statistical Analysis of Species in Protected Areas
  4. Assistance to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service
  5. Mapping of protected zones
  6. Combat of salinity and soil erosion

A significant restructuring of NPWS began in 2016.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "About The Foundation". Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. Retrieved 20 June 2015.

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