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Natural Areas
Natural Areas

The term natural area is used to describe any physical area that contains native species or ecological communities in a relatively natural state and hence contains biodiversity. Natural areas can be areas of native vegetation, vegetated or open wetlands (lakes, swamps) or waterways (rivers, streams, creeks and estuaries - often referred to as channel wetlands), springs, rock outcrops, bare ground (generally sand or mud), caves, coastal dunes or cliffs (adapted from Environmental Protection Authority 2003a). Basically, a natural area is any area that living organisms indigenous to that area have naturally colonised. Areas of rehabilitated or fabricated landscape are not considered natural areas and are not included in the definition of ‘natural area’ for the purposes of these Guidelines. Even when these areas are carefully designed to support a range of local native species they can never contain the same level of biodiversity as the natural community that would have once been present in that area, especially in an ancient and diverse landscape like Western Australia.

Local Natural Areas

The term Local Natural Area (LNA) has been created to define natural areas that exist outside: Bush Forever Sites (Swan Coastal Plain), the Department of Parks and Wildlife Managed Estate and Regional Parks.











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