The topics in this theme describe the condition of our land and its ability to provide ecosystem services and suitable habitat for native species and ecosystems.

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Soil Condition

While the majority of soils are in a moderate condition some parts of the State have suffered a greater decline in condition than others and display a significant loss in their ability to deliver e

Native vegetation topic (Forest trees) icon

Native Vegetation

Native vegetation covers 61% of NSW. At the time of publication, the latest reported statewide clearing rate of native vegetation was 14,700 ha/year (2014–2015).

Protected Areas and Conservation Topic (Bushwalkers in nature) icon

Protected Areas and Conservation

The public reserve system covers about 7.59 million hectares or 9.5% of land in NSW. Conservation on private land is also important in protecting the natural environment in NSW.