Conserving private land is one of the most effective ways of protecting natural landscapes, native plants and animals for future generations. In Tasmania, privately protected land covers a smaller area, but contains a higher percentage of threatened communities than public reserves.
In 1999 a Protected Areas on Private Land (PAPL) scheme between the Australian and Tasmanian governments and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy facilitated the creation of voluntary private protected areas between the Tasmanian government and private landowners.
The initiative helped people with important natural values on their land to contribute to Australia’s network of protected areas National Reserve System by conserving natural landscapes, native plants and animals for future generations.
By 2015 more than 260 conservation agreements under the Nature Conservation Act 2002 had been registered with landowners through the PAPL program, covering a combined area of over 22,000 hectares.
While once serving as Tasmania’s principal long term covenanting program, PAPL is currently not accepting new applications. Instead government staff are compiling a list of inquiries for future assessment.
The TLC’s focus remains on supporting existing covenant owners by working side by side Tasmanian government staff in providing stewardship support to conservation covenant landholders. This includes providing information, management advice and assistance, as well as access to new and emerging technologies and advances in conservation management.