Our vision is for Tasmania to be a global leader in nature conservation.
Tasmania is home to a unique array of plants and wildlife, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. While Tasmania is well known for its large and iconic national parks and reserves, a number of the species that call Tasmania home are still under threat of disappearing forever. Our remarkable plants and wildlife rely on the critical habitat that only occurs on private land for survival.
Who we are
The TLC is a not-for-profit, apolitical, science and community-based organisation that raises funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land in Tasmania. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
The TLC acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional owners of the land and we pay respects to Aboriginal elders, past, present and emerging.
How we work
1. Our reserves - From the remote mountain tops to coastal environments, woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, our network of reserves protect some of the most important natural areas in Tasmania. They conserve critical habitat for our rare and threatened species and serve as safe havens for the future.
2. Working with landowners - We work alongside committed landholders across Tasmania to identify, protect and manage important areas on their own properties through the establishment of conservation agreements.
3. Revolving fund - We purchase, protect (through the establishment of a conservation covenant) and re-sell land to new owners keen to support conservation. In this way capital is freed up to reinvest into the next property we purchase so every precious dollar is used over and over again.
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Looking after nature
For reserves to work – to function as safe havens and truly protect the plants and animals they contain – they must be looked after. Ecological values need active management, with on-ground actions – from annual weed control to drainage work and erosion mitigation – targeting a range of threats. Even more importantly in a time of changing climate, we need to research what interventions will be necessary to keep our reserves’ vital natural values intact.
We take conservation research and management very seriously: for us, a reserve isn’t a reserve unless we know we have the funding to maintain it forever. We want to know we can make good on our commitment to nature.
The mechanism to fund this is the Tasmanian Land Conservancy Foundation, established in 2009 to secure the independent, long-term resourcing required to ensure the effective and crucial management of our reserves in perpetuity. Find out more about the Foundation here.
The Foundation has enabled the development of a rigorous, long-term scientific ecological monitoring program that captures a multitude of data from across our reserves; data that is key to us understanding these ecosystems. Through these well-established planning systems, and information gathered through our monitoring program, the TLC is well-positioned to assess, prioritise and implement targeted management activities and ensure that these unique natural places, rare ecosystems and critical habitats are protected now and into the future.
Innovating for nature
By fostering a culture of inquiry, science, research, curiosity as well as working in collaboration with state, national and international institutions, we strive to create ambitious solutions to conservation challenges.
The development, implementation and trading of the New Leaf Carbon Project across 18,000 hectares of land has generated vital funds that have been, and continue to be, re-invested into our conservation efforts.
We provide people with opportunities to experience nature, achieve nature conservation, operate mutually beneficial businesses and support the work of the TLC. We welcome a diverse range of people to experience private nature conservation through volunteering, reserve visits and events.
The TLC is an Incorporated Association under the Associations Incorporations Act 1964 (Tasmanian legislation).
The TLC has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status under Commonwealth legislation which means it is able to give donors a tax-deductible receipt for all donations over $2.00 to support the objects of the TLC. The TLC is registered on the Commonwealth government’s Register of Environmental Organisation and is a registered charity under the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.
The TLC is governed by a skills-based Committee of Management (the TLC Board) under its constitution, and currently has 12 positions on the Board (including the Chair and Vice Chair). There is an expectation that the term limit of Board members is capped at 10 years to support renewal and succession planning.
The TLC holds an annual general meeting each year at which members have the opportunity to review the organisation’s performance and ask questions of the Board.
To obtain a copy of the TLC Constitution or enquire about membership please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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