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The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) was established in 2006 to provide a single point of management for all of the Department's conservation programs that focus on private land. The Program works with landowners to sustainably manage and conserve natural values (e.g. native flora and fauna, natural wetlands, geoconservation areas) on private land.
We are committed to helping landowners to look after these values now and into the future.
The Department, the agricultural sector and regional Natural Resource Management (NRM) Committees all acknowledge the key role of private landowners in conserving our natural diversity and the public and private benefits that flow from this approach.
Capable land stewardship conserves the natural environment, providing benefits for future Tasmanians and visitors while enabling landowners to maintain market access and capitalise on new opportunities.
The PLCP aims to develop and encourage an integrated approach to private land management and planning that helps landowners fully benefit from the sustainable management of their properties' natural diversity.
We seek to achieve high level recognition of the biodiversity value of natural systems and the need to appropriately protect them, and to support individuals who voluntarily manage these systems for conservation outcomes.
The Private Land Conservation Program includes:
Landowners may enter into a Conservation Covenant to manage defined areas specifically for nature conservation. Covenants are legally binding under the
Nature Conservation Act (2002)
and are registered on the land title. Although a Covenant is usually in perpetuity, it may be registered for a fixed-term.
Covenants in perpetuity give peace of mind that natural values, such as native flora and fauna, natural wetlands and geoconservation areas, will persist for generations. They also contribute to Australia's network of protected areas, the National Reserve System
Other benefits of a Conservation Covenant include:
- Exemption from land tax (for the area under Covenant);
- Rate rebates in some council areas;
- Salinity and erosion protection by maintaining remnant native vegetation;
- Supporting applications for funding for environmental works; and
- A sense of well-being from knowing that you have protected your land for future generations and will be making an important contribution to nature conservation in Australia
Protected Areas on Private Land
program has been the principal long term covenanting program but currently is not accepting new applications. Instead PLCP staff are compiling a list of enquiries for future assessment. Our focus is supporting current covenant owners and Land For Wildlife members.
Private Land Conservation Program participants as at June 2017:
|Number of covenants||843||107,349 hectares|
|Land for Wildlife members||957||57,781 hectares|
|Garden for Wildlife members||584||2,830 hectares|
Please note that some landowners are registered with more than one program, and there is some overlap in the figures presented.