We closely monitor the environment within parks and forests to determine the health of the communities of plants and animals living in the parks and forests.
Surveys are also regularly conducted to help us to learn more about the indigenous ecosystems in these areas. Monitoring techniques used include assessments of bird abundance, tree growth, seedling growth, changes in forest composition, flowering and fruiting abundance and the impacts of pests.
Surveys for introduced insects and pathogens are done regularly, as the forests are close to international transport routes. Pest numbers are also monitored to determine the success of pest control operations.
Research projects are also undertaken to help our management of the indigenous ecosystems.
See Environmental Monitoring & Research data for the latest air quality, climate, groundwater levels and water quality.