National Recovery Plan Weeping Myall - Coobah - Scrub Wilga Shrubland of the Hunter Valley

New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, 2013

About this document

Weeping Myall – Coobah – Scrub Wilga Shrubland of the Hunter Valley is listed as a critically endangered ecological community under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The related Hunter Valley Weeping Myall Woodland is listed as an endangered ecological community on Schedule 1 of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act). These two closely related ecological communities provide habitat for the endangered Weeping Myall population in the Hunter catchment which is listed on Schedule 1 of the TSC Act.

Due to their close relationship (see section 2.1), these three threatened entities are herein considered to be synonymous, unless indicated otherwise, and within this plan are referred to as Hunter Valley Weeping Myall.

Hunter Valley Weeping Myall is restricted to the mid and upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales. Given the extensive vegetation clearing that has occurred across this region for agriculture and mining, there are only 43 naturally occurring populations of Hunter Valley Weeping Myall known across the valley. These populations consist of 102 small, isolated and highly degraded remnants. Vegetation clearing continues to be the main threat to the persistence of Hunter Valley Weeping Myall.

This document constitutes the national recovery plan for Hunter Valley Weeping Myall and, as such, considers the requirements of the entity across its known range. It identifies the actions to be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the entity in nature, and the parties who will undertake these actions.

The overall objective of this recovery plan is to abate identified threats and maintain and improve the current extent, condition and ecological function of Hunter Valley Weeping Myall to ensure its long-term persistence in the wild.