The Western Sydney Dry Rainforest and Moist Woodland on Shale ecological community covers two vegetation units, Western Sydney Dry Rainforest and Moist Shale Woodland. The ecological community varies from a low closed rainforest, typically in lower slopes and gullies, to a more open moist woodland form on upper slopes and disturbed sites.
Western Sydney Dry Rainforest and Moist Woodland on Shale
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Approved Conservation Advice for Western Sydney Dry Rainforest and Moist Woodland on Shale
Climate change is projected to be a future threat with predicted temperature rises; increased fire frequency; reduced rainfall and generally drier conditions; potentially influencing the future distribution and extent of the ecological community.
Other current threats to the ecological community include weed invasion; inappropriate grazing; increased fire frequency and impacts associated with close proximity to development such as dumping of rubbish into remnants; recreational vehicle use; and trampling of sites.