Case studies in Tasmania
Skullbone Plains is a spectacular 1,647 hectare property with towering old growth forests, near pristine wetlands and rare moss beds in the heart of Tasmania's central highlands, adjoining the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
The Egg Islands Reserve is testament to a great conservation partnership - 125 hectares of outstanding native habitat protected forever through contributions from families, business donors and $200,000 from the Australian Government.
Vale of Belvoir
Nestled close to the jagged peaks of Tasmania's Cradle Mountain is a valley of global conservation significance - the Vale of Belvoir.
Kings Run, on Tasmania's windswept North-West coast, had been used by the King family to run beef cattle - until they discovered the property was on the migratory route of the endangered orange-bellied parrot.
They signed a voluntary conservation covenant with the Tasmanian Government to ensure the habitat is retained, and have recently branched into wildlife tours.
Protected areas in private land
In November 2006, the Byrnes - Hobart farmers from Barilla Bay - became the 100th Tasmanians to sign a voluntary covenant to conserve plants and animals on their land for future generations.
The Byrnes are part of Tasmania's Protected Areas on Private Land Programme, a unique partnership between the Australian and Tasmanian governments, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Since 1997, the Australian Government has provided nearly $2 million to its Tasmanian partners, to help them establish and administer conservation covenants. The partners have invested significant time and resources into the programme to secure partnerships with valuable properties and property owners.