people are involved in managing national parks including
rangers, field officers, fire management officers, pest
species control officers, researchers, surveyors, project
officers, educators and administration staff. Staff work
with the community to conserve and protect nature, Aboriginal
heritage and historic heritage within NSW.
NPWS manages almost 5 percent of NSW land including national
parks, nature reserves, Aboriginal areas, historic sites,
state recreation areas, state game reserves, marine parks
and karst (cave) conservation areas.
NPWS was established in 1967 and operates within the
framework of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974
and the Wilderness
Act 1987. It fosters natural and cultural heritage conservation.
Some areas within NPWS reserved lands are also recognised
as a World Heritage Area or Wilderness.
are many issues which need to be considered by the NPWS
when managing national parks and reserves. Some of these
plan of management is prepared for each park and reserve.
This provides the guidelines for managing the park or
reserve. The plan is placed on public exhibition and interested
groups and individuals are invited to comment and consult
with the NPWS.