Land for Wildlife

The Land for Wildlife scheme (LFW) was established in Tasmania in 1998. Participation in this conservation scheme is voluntary, free, and non-binding. The LFW scheme aims to encourage, support and recognise landowners who are taking a positive approach to the integration of property land management with nature conservation on private land.

A large proportion of Tasmania's wildlife species and habitat types which are poorly reserved on public land occur on privately owned land. Protecting a diverse range of habitats today will assist in reducing the risk of species becoming threatened in the future. Properties registered with the LFW scheme can make a valuable contribution to protecting our wildlife species and habitats. The LFW scheme is generally interested in areas that are greater than two hectares in size.

As at November 2015, there were around 910 LFW agreements in Tasmania covering 57,088 hectares.


Benefits of membership to the LFW scheme include:
  • On-site assessment to provide information and advice on habitats and species;
  • Practical advice and technical notes on land management;
  • A book which provides information on native fauna and their habitats;
  • A regular newsletter; and
  • A durable, attractive sign to indicate your membership in the scheme.


Ginger tree syndrome

White gums showing dieback and stained trunks, Nunamara. Photo: Anna Povey

Have you seen a reddish orange coloured tinge or streaking on the trunks or branches of some gums, such as white gums (Eucalyptus viminalis), and wondered what the reason is for that?

This has been referred to as 'ginger tree syndrome' due to the reddish ginger colour of the substance which bleeds from the tree staining the bark and trunk.  The exudate known as kino, or gum, flows to the outside bark and down the trunk of the tree from small pockets formed in the outer vascular cambium layer of wood in the trunk.

Kino is produced in response to injury such as damage due to wood boring insects, fallen limbs or shedding branches, mechanical damage (e.g. axe cuts or blows to the trunk) and fire which can cause the bark to split from the heat and dehydration of the trunk.

- Iona Mitchell


Ginger tree syndrome on white gum

Ginger tree syndrome evident on white gum, Trevallyn, Photo: Anna Povey

To learn more about 'ginger tree syndrome', read the full version of this article in the December 2015 edition of The Running Postman:

    The Running Postman December 2015   (867Kb)


Additional Information

Judy Westbrook and kids


LFW members.
Photo by Peter Tonelli

The Running Postman and previous Land for Wildlife newsletters are now available online.

If you live in an urban or suburban area the Gardens for Wildlife scheme may interest you.

How to apply

If you would like more information about LFW, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form.

  Land for Wildlife Expression of Interest   (43Kb)


Land for Wildlife
Iona Mitchell
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 4409

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