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Land neighbouring state forest protected

A property adjoining the Wombat State Forest will be protected forever after being purchased by Trust for Nature.

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Land neighbouring state forest protected

A property adjoining the Wombat State Forest will be protected forever after being purchased by Trust for Nature.

Sixty-four hectares of high priority, privately owned, conservation land has been bought by the not-for-profit organisation to protect its ecological values into the future.

Located within an area identified by Trust for Nature as a priority for conservation, and containing important habitat for endangered species (such as the Powerful Owl), the property will be protected and on-sold with a conservation covenant to a new owner.

Conservation covenants are legally binding agreements which protect a property’s ecological values.

The property is 10 kilometres from the Trentham township and is a regenerating forestry site where the Powerful Owl has been spotted.

Trust for Nature’s Dr Mat Hardy said the previous owner was keen to see it go to someone who valued its habitat.

He said, “There are such wonderful trees on this property.

“Given the property’s history, without the protection of a conservation covenant we determined there was a real risk of losing this important habitat in future.

“Twelve landscapes across Victoria have been prioritised in Trust for Nature’s Statewide Conservation Plan

“They contain some of Victoria’s rarest and most threatened ecosystems and species. This property sits within one of these 12 sites, in the Midlands Focal Landscape.”

The property is now part of Trust for Nature’s Revolving Fund program, through which Trust for Nature buys and protects private land of conservation significance, and then on-sells that land to people willing to help protect it forever.

All proceeds generated through the sale of Revolving Fund properties are returned to the fund for purchasing and protecting additional land.

So far, the program has purchased more than 70 properties, sold 61, and protected more than 6,880ha.

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

It is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on the generosity of supporters to help protect Victoria’s biodiversity.

You can view the property as part of the Revolving Fund here