Protecting the Cumberland Plain Woodland
Cumberland Plain Woodland is listed as a Critically Endangered Ecological Community under state and commonwealth legislation.
The Australian Botanic Garden includes natural remnants of Cumberland Plain Woodland vegetation. These are being managed for their long-term protection. They are also managed as sites for scientific research into the biodiversity and ecology of the woodland.
View the video Cumberland Comeback (2:14min) for an overview of the history of the management and use of the Cumberland Plain Woodland. Starting with the environmentally sustainable management by the local Aboriginal people, the Tharawal, through to management of the woodland remnant today.
Ecological scientists from the Garden have spent years trying to understand the ecology and interactions of species in the woodland so that they can manage it to ensure that all the native species continue to survive.
They have shared their findings on the Woodland ecology page. This is so that visitors and land holders can appreciate and protect not only the woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden, but also the remnants of woodland that are elsewhere in western Sydney.
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