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1Philip Reed . New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. 43 Bridge Street Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia 2220.

Current Address: Ministry for the Environment, 100 William Street, Sydney. New South Wales. Australia 2000.

The impact of European settlement on the landscape and native plants and animals of New South Wales ha s been dramatic and largely detrimental. Between 1893 and 1921 alone, 25.7 million ha, or 32% of the State, were ringbarked and partially cleared. Much of the clearing occurred before the establishment of a system of nature conservation reserves in New South Wales, and still occurs widely.

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