The Scotia area in general has one of the shortest stock grazing histories in western New South Wales, as the majority of properties were not constituted as pastoral leases until the 1920s. Prior to this the area was part of the large Lake Victoria lease, the area only being grazed by stock in wet years. Stocking rates in the area have always remained low due to the difficulty of providing water, and the low palatability of the dominant mallee vegetation. Scotia itself is comprised of two former grazing properties, Ennisvale and Tararra, which were removed from pastoral production in 1994, when they were purchased by Earth Sanctuaries Limited, before being acquired by AWC in 2002. The Federal Government provided a generous grant from the National Reserve System to assist with the purchase of Scotia.