A new Trust for Nature initiative is working with landowners in East Gippsland to protect a range of forest types to give native animals long term habitat security.
The Iconic Estates - Eastern Forests project is partnering with landowners who would like to protect habitat with conservation covenants.
Covenants are voluntary, on-title agreements that allow private landowners to protect natural habitat on their properties in perpetuity, even after it changes hands.
The Trust’s East Gippsland Senior Conservation Officer Paul Harvey said, “It’s really important that we look after the habitat of our native mammals, birds and reptiles—not just because they play an important part in the ecosystem but for future generations.
“East Gippsland has an amazing diversity of forests, including threatened rain-forests, Box Forests and Grassy Forest types.”
Dry forest and forests with old habitat trees are important for a range of threatened animals such as the Southern Brown Bandicoot, Eastern Quoll, Goanna, Barking Owl and the Swift Parrot.
The Trust would like to hear from landowners in the project area, from Lake Tyers to Mallacoota. Support is available to assist with covenanting and any associated fencing.
Trust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 1972 to protect native plants and animals on private land.
Working with landowners and others, it has protected more than 100,000 ha. This includes more than 1,400 voluntary conservation covenants and 42 Trust for Nature reserves across Victoria. Iconic Estates has been funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that Victoria’s natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for. For more information contact Trust for Nature’s Bairnsdale office on 0447 764 669, email@example.com
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