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$3.9 for biodiversity on private land

Trust for Nature has been allocated over $3.9 million from the Victorian Government for 17 projects across Victoria.

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$3.9 for biodiversity on private land

Trust for Nature has been allocated over $3.9 million from the Victorian Government for 17 projects across Victoria.

Many of these projects will permanently protect habitat for native plants and animals on private properties that create corridors between national parks and reserves, which will go a long way to complementing the natural areas already protected on public land.

The funding will result in newly permanently protected land which will be achieved by partnering with landholders in identified regions and placing voluntary conservation covenants on land. This ensures biodiversity is protected forever, even after the property changes hands.

In addition, by working with private landholders, the funds will go towards other projects such as restoring woodland bird habitat in Central Victoria, and linking the Lower Goulburn National Park region to the incredible Barmah National Park.

Trust for Nature CEO, Victoria Marles, said this work is critical in supporting biodiversity and the projects focus on areas that have been identified as priorities in the organisation’s Statewide Conservation Plan for Private Land in Victoria.

“The Plan identifies landscapes that contain some of Victoria’s rarest and most threatened ecosystems and species.

“Sixty per cent of land in Victoria is privately owned and 79 per cent of native habitat on private land in Victoria is considered threatened so these projects will significantly benefit our native plants and animals.”

Trust for Nature is one of Australia’s oldest conservation organisations, established by an Act of the Victorian Parliament in 1972 to protect native plants and animals on private land.

Together with voluntary conservation covenants and reserves, we have worked with private landholders to protect more than 100,000 hectares across Victoria.

The funding will be implemented over three years and is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to delivering its 20-year biodiversity strategy, Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037.

Inset photo: Narracan Burrowing Crayfish courtesy Dr Beverley Van Praagh