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‘Why do I climb the mountain?’

Sophie Marshall | 29 July 2020

We sometimes have family members asking about making gifts to the TLC in memory of a loved one. Spencer Woolley was in touch earlier this year after his dad died, wanting to direct gifts in lieu of flowers to the Tinderbox campaign. After the funeral, we received some stories written by Spencer's late father, Ronald Gordon Woolley, and a poem, 'Why?'.

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Tinderbox Hills conservation update

James Hattam | 7 May 2020

Nature needs our help now more than ever, and in 2020 we are determined to continue our work to conserve it.
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Farming for the future

TLC | 21 April 2020

On a farm in the Tasmanian Midlands, Simon Cameron is proving that conservation and superfine wool production can go hand-in-hand.
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Movie night with the TLC

Jane Rawson | 15 April 2020

We at the TLC know how tough it can be when you can't get out into nature. So while Australia is staying home, we thought we'd suggest some movies that will take your mind to wilder places.
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COVID-19 and the TLC

James Hattam | 6 April 2020

Along with everybody else, the TLC has had its activities affected by the COVID-19 virus. We are taking steps to help keep our staff, volunteers, landholders and the broader community safe.
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Hello Hollows!

Oliver Strutt | 23 January 2020

Forty-two Tasmanian vertebrates and a vastly greater number of invertebrates rely on hollows for survival. Sadly hollow-bearing trees are under threat and good hollows are now rare in the landscape. Tree hollows take a long time to form, usually more than 150 years. Many species that use tree hollows have now been listed as threatened.
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Silver Plains tops list for alpine research

Jane Rawson | 16 December 2019

Silver Plains is one of the sites for a new alpine research infrastructure project that spans Australia.
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Botanic buffs approve of newest reserve, without reservation

Keith Corbett | 25 September 2019

TLC's Little Swanport Reserve recently received rave reviews from visiting Australian Plant Society Tasmania members
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From the Field: Cider Gum Recovery

Rowena Hamer | 6 September 2019

The Cider Gum (Eucalyptus gunnii) is a true Tasmanian. Like the hardy Tasmanian primary school kids refusing to change from shorts to long pants in the middle of winter, this endemic eucalypt is specially adapted to living in cold and wet conditions.
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Naturalists rewarded with fascinating species discoveries at coastal woodlands and wetlands reserve they helped protect

Janet Fenton | 3 June 2019

A spectacular spiky black and white spiny spider (Austracantha minax) clinging in its a web caused some excitement
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Something meaningful. Something greater. Something together.

Phillip Laroche | 22 May 2019

At the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC), our volunteers are ever-present in all that we do to protect nature. Volunteers are active across every program, in every team and at every reserve. Every campaign letter, every remote-sensor fauna camera, every pair of loppers, every office computer keyboard and every profit and loss statement have volunteer’s fingerprints all over them.

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A Never Ending Journey

tasland | 20 May 2019

We always regarded our land at Little Swanport on Tasmania’s east coast as special, it was a playground for some of our children and grandchildren, where they explored the natural world, rode their horses, built cubby houses and helped gather the sheep that grazed there.
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Nostalgia

Lindsay Crawford | 29 April 2019

Have you ever followed the wallaby tracks up the Rasselas Valley? Have you ever gone "skylining" in the far Denisons? Have you ever pushed through dense thickets of leatherwood trees, so white with blossom and so fragrant that you don't believe they're true?
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Pedalling Forwards

Nick Taylor | 15 April 2019

I was following a series of white posts along a barely discernible trail through the forest, often losing my way. A fine drizzle was making everything wet, and my shoes were sodden. Spider webs strung with droplets of water crisscrossed my route, and mist obscured the surrounding hills. Everywhere the sound of dripping water and the rustling of my wet weather gear.

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sounds of nature

tasland | 1 April 2019

Environmental conservation organisations often place a heavy emphasis on what can be seen. In Tasmania we need only look at how a single photograph by Peter Dombrowskis mobilised an entire generation to stand up for the Franklin River. Or how iconic images from Olagas Truchanas helped raise the public awareness of Tasmania’s south-west wilderness areas.
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From the field: monitoring the ptunarra brown butterfly

Rowena Hamer | 27 March 2019

The life of a zoologist (that’s someone who studies animals, not someone who studies zoos!) isn’t all selfies with cute and fluffy critters. Picking zoology as your career typically means you’ve signed up for working antisocial hours while being bitten, stung, scratched, weed on (or worse: much, much worse) and parasitised by all sorts of creepy crawlies while trying to find your animal of interest.
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An unplanned tree change

Anna Povey | 20 March 2019

When Rob McKay and Brenda Joliffe moved to take up jobs in Tasmania, their friend (a financial planner by profession) said, “Don’t go buying the first property that you lay your eyes on”.

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Balance is Better

Margie Jenkin | 8 March 2019

The 2019 theme for International Women's Day this year is ‘Balance is Better’. More and more, we are seeing that gender equality is expected in our workplaces - across business and government, on boards and in politics.
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Attending to what matters

Margie Jenkin | 4 March 2019

It seems to start with a problem that needs solving: voracious weeds, injured wildlife, crumbling cultural heritage.

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bushfires: now a preternatural reality

tasland | 31 January 2019

Since December 2018, over 100,000 hectares of land has been burnt across Tasmania by bushfires caused from thousands of dry lightning strikes.


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Tree Change Dolls

tasland | 5 December 2018

Sonia Singh was working as a scientist and science communicator for the CSRIO in Hobart before her talent as an artist and penchant for recycling went viral on the internet.

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Monitoring and Musings from Egg Islands Reserve

tasland | 27 September 2018

Human legacies linger amidst a thriving sanctuary for threatened plant and animal species at the Tasmanian Land Conservancy's (TLC) Egg Island Reserve, located midstream in the Huon River.

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Stories from Silver Plains

Karen Harrland | 17 September 2018

I was on a search for the stillness that comes from being in a landscape like Silver Plains. This is where my story began.
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Burning to Plan

Anna Povey | 2 August 2018

For many landholders, the question of how to burn their property for risk reduction and biodiversity conservation can be a paralysing one.

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Protecting the Tasmanian Devil

tasland | 16 July 2018

Providing essential habitat and security to some of Tasmania's most endangered animals is just one of the reasons the Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) believes passionately in securing long-term protected reserves.


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The landscape value of protected areas on private land

Oliver Strutt | 28 June 2018

Since European settlement, land clearing, grazing, urban development, changed fire regimes, agriculture and irrigation have all impacted Tasmania’s ecosystems. Human activity has reduced and fragmented the habitats of our native plants and animals.
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Conservation through citizen science

tasland | 19 June 2018

Our ancestors have carefully examined nature and its intricacies for thousands of years. The desire to understand the environment around us is innate – the effects and infiltration of it into our lives undeniable.
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Liffey’s legacy

tasland | 13 June 2018

Few places have had as much of an influence on the global conservation movement with as little recognition as the Liffey Valley, located in Tasmania’s central north.
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Skullbone Plains Discovery Weekend

Phillip Laroche | 9 June 2018

Warm laughter and song rises, mingled with soaring sparks fleeing a scattering of fire pits. Festoon lights swing in the breeze, animating long shadows to dance against an illuminated forest backdrop. Children wildly run in and out of the brightly coloured marquee and crowd, who reactively reel, cradling their drinks and plates of food-truck fare closer. Sounds more celebration than conservation but it is assuredly both.
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