Maria National Park is one of New South Wales's smallest protected zones. It is also home to one of the cleanest and most natural rivers in the country. The Maria River, is protected as a Wild River, a river that is as close to it's natural state as possible. At 54km long, its head waters start in the Kumbartine National Park and run via Maria National Park, to join the Hastings River.
Protection of this river system has multiple benefits; maintaining freshwater and riparian dependent flora and fauna, recolonisation and flood mitigation are high on the list.
Opportunities, for scientific research and environmental monitoring also enable improvement in water systems elsewhere. As importantly, cultural and heritage sites are also protected.
Management of the Maria River also incorporates a successful collaboration with farmers who own private lands either side of Maria National Park to maintain the river systems health.
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