Monga is special
To stand beside the huge mossy trunk of a five hundred year old Pinkwood ... to look up through a latticework of Treeferns at a giant Brownbarrel... to hear the scream of a Sooty Owl through the mist... Anyone who has ever experienced any of these things will know that Monga is a special place. Special because of its forest, its fertile soils and its importance as a refuge from fire and drought.
at home in the dense understorey and inhabiting the tree hollows,
you'll find Tiger Quolls, Yellow-bellied Gliders, Bandicoots,
Powerful Owls and five threatened species of tiny native bat.
See Brendan Mackey and others' 1999 Scientific Assessment of the Conservation Value of Monga and Buckenbowra State forests, NSW, Australia
Monga is a living link with Gondwana. But we must look to the future. Who knows what remains to be discovered in this wonderful place.
As the days warm during spring, you might be lucky enough to glimpse, down by the fern-covered banks and crystal clear water of the Mongarlowe River, the vibrant crimson flower of the Monga Waratah. Monga is the major habitat for this rare and beautiful plant, which grows in association with the Gippsland Waratah. This is one of the only two places in Australia where they co-exist. Monga is an oasis for many threatened species of animals and plants. The invertebrate life is extraordinarily diverse and the stands of old growth are some of the most significant is southern NSW.
Monga/ Buckenbowra and climate change
A particular feature of Monga is the fall of plateau forest over the escarpment, and down into warmer, lower level country of Buckenbowra and its sub tropical rainforest gullies.. This is quite possibly a unique association of vegetation and climate zones, with an extraordinary temperature differential of six degrees Celsius. Given the increasingly reality of climate change, and consequent global warming, Monga will provide a continuous reserve system for animals and even plants to migrate and adapt to warmer conditions.
No More the Missing Link
forms a natural corridor between Morton and Budawang National
Parks in the north and Deua/Wadbilliga National Parks in the
south, now a continuous protected corridor along the escarpment
from the victorian border to Nowra.
A recent publication called Monga intacta is now available. Robyn Stellar, recently deceased after a fatal horse riding accident, published this book as a celebration of the forest and its rescue. The book details the extraordinary fauna and flora, the significant Aboriginal heritage and early European settler history. This richly illustrated book has many beautiful photographs and artworks. It is in soft cover with 132 pages - 250mm(H) x 240mm(W) - ISBN 0 646 44203 1. There is a limited number of this book. For postal orders please send cheque payable to D&E Steller for $55.00 plus $10.00 postage per copy. Addressed to PO BOX 295, Braidwood. NSW 2622 or phone 02 48422001. Don?t forget to give your details with the cheque. In Braidwood you will find this book at the McLeod Gallery.
a joyous book. This is a brilliant celebration of both the
beautiful Monga forest in southern New South Wales and the people
who rescued it from the teeth of the chainsaws. Inspiring in
Park is a very special part of NPWS new estate. Accordingly, NPWS
is spending $750,000 on road and culvert maintenance, boardwalks,
walking trails and interpretative signage. FMR has been closely
involved in preparation of the management plan. FMR argued for
several roads i.e. Burma, Mc Carthy's and Lookout roads to be
closed and turned into walking tracks. FMR also suggested routes
for new walking tracks i.e. from the old pumping station on the
Mongarlowe River to the head of the Corn Trail.FMR affirmed NPWS
own views that camping should be low key with only a handful of
sites at a couple of possible camping areas along with a day-use
area beside the river.So far FMR has been happy with NPWS
performance but will keep a close eye on developments.