Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

100 reasons to reserve the Gardens of Stone

For over 80 years conservationists have known that the Gardens of Stone region was a place worth saving.  It was an intuitive knowledge that this land of lost secrets just had to be protected.  Now there is a credible independent report of the areas heritage values and was intuitively know is now scientifically understood.  There are 100 reasons to reserve the Gardens of Stone!

Analysis by Ian Brown reveals that the Gardens of Stone Stage Two reserve proposal contains a number of very significant values, many of which are unique or best expressed by the region.  Some of these values are of national significance and others of global significance,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness revealed.

“It supports a very high number of 42 threatened plants species and 42 threatened animal species, including two critically endangered animals that are restricted to the swamps.  There are 15 rare or critically endangered vegetation communities in the region,” said Mr Muir.

“The landscape is both complex and spectacular.  It has the best representation of rare landforms including pagodas, montane sand dunes and highland peat swamps, as well as cliffs, natural arches, waterfalls, slot canyons, gorges and large caverns,” Mr Muir said.

“The biodiversity values make 99 reasons for reservation.  The region’s internationally significant platy pagodas take the count to 100.  This concentration of heritage values greater is almost equal to that of the entire Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  Its diversity equals just about anywhere outside a subtropical rainforest,” he said.

“The plant diversity in Gardens of Stone Stage Two reserve proposal probably exceeds 1,000 native species”, Mr Muir said. 

“In 1932 the reserve potential of the region was identified due to its spectacular sandstone scenery.  Its spectacular pagoda rock formations and diverse vegetation gave this region its name; the Gardens of Stone.  Now the science is in, and it proves what was intuitively known by bushwalkers for decades, that the region’s heritage is a must for reservation”, said Mr Muir.

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For more information contact: 
Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)