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Koala mapping program

Koala in tree

Copyright to: Paula Pollock (EPA)

The EPA is in the final year of a three-year program that is examining new approaches to the mapping of koala habitat and occupancy in NSW native forests.

The program aims to provide a clear understanding of koala habitat identification and management needs in native forestry areas on public and private land.

The program comprises three projects:

  • A baseline map of koala occupancy to provide a more accurate picture of where koalas are located across NSW. A preliminary baseline map was released in February 2015.
  • A pilot project trialling three different mapping approaches to assess their suitability for managing koalas in a state forest context.
  • A predictive koala habitat model which uses a range of environmental inputs to produce a map of koala habitat on the north coast of NSW.

The EPA's koala mapping program is due to be completed in mid-2016.

The results of the koala mapping program will be used to inform the development of improved approaches to protecting koalas and their habitat, including the development of new koala identification and protection requirements as part of the remake of the coastal Integrated Forestry Operations Approvals (IFOAs), as well as on private land subject to native forestry.

The program is funded by a Waste and Environment Levy (WELE) grant, administered by the NSW Environmental Trust.

Page last updated: 16 May 2016