Information for Covenant Owners - Monitoring and Stewardship

​The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) through a partnership agreement with The Tasmanian Land Conservancy​provides a range of post-covenanting services to landowners statewide. 

Officers assist landowners in dealing with particular issues, undertake site visits, review Nature Conservation Plans/Operations Plans, and can provide a range of general information and management advice to landowners.  They can provide advice on property sales and reserve information (with the vendor's permission) to real estate agents and purchasers of covenants, and will make contact with new covenant owners following registration of a new covenant or change of ownership.​

The PLCP also conduct a range of biological monitoring activities in private reserves designed to measure change over time, to identify causes and adapt management strategies, as required, to maintain and/or enhance the condition of reserves. Monitoring methods include general assessments of the condition of native vegetation and evaluated case studies that examine particular issues in detail. To enable a wide representative sample of reserves, monitoring activities are undertaken on a strategic basis. All monitoring information is provided back to landowners through comprehensive reports that may include condition assessment information, species lists, threatened species information, photos and management advice.

Contact:      Anna Povey - North        Oliver Strutt - South                                                      Janet Smith

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Managing private reserves in the new world of climate change

Saltmarsh on Tasmania's East Coast

Saltmarsh on Tasmania's East Coast has potential to move landwards into the adjacent paddocks as sea-levels rise
Photo: Vishnu Prahalad

Managing your private reserve can be a challenge at the best of times, but for many the thought of the potential impacts of climate change can be very daunting and disheartening.  It is certain there will be change but it is not clear what impacts these climatic changes will have.

Resilience is the ability of a system to absorb impacts before a threshold is reached where the system changes and moves into another state.  The bush as we know it will change as new species move in to fill the space where other species can no longer cope.  Maybe the trees in your woodland have all died and now you have a grassland, or the wetland has dried out and has been invaded by scrub.  However, you still will have a healthy functioning ecosystem – it will just be different.  The new mix of species is potentially more climate-adapted and may prove to be more resilient.


Velvet Worm Habitat

Cool, moist, more humid and more fire-protected spaces can act as important habitat for creatures such as the velvet-worm
Photo: Jon Green

An important role for private reserve managers is to become citizen scientists, actively noting and recording changes or unusual natural events.  One useful site is

iNaturalist is a citizen science project and online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe.  Observations may be added via the website or from a mobile application.  The observations provide valuable open data to a variety of scientific research projects, museums, botanic gardens, parks, and other organisations.     

- Louise Gilfedder




Elizabeth River Chimney Hill

Section of the Elizabeth River shaded by trees and overhanging vegetation is cooler than nearby unshaded riparian stretches
Photo: Michael Askey-Doran

Caves, cliffy, rocky gorges

Caves, cliffs, rocky gorges, ravines and cool, shaded south-facing slopes can act as important refuges
Photo: Iona MItchell

White gum woodland

White gum woodlands in the Midlands still have diverse grassy understoreys with high conservation values
Photo: Louise Gilfedder


For more information about managing for climate change and what can be done, read the full article in the June 2017 edition of the Running Postman newsletter.

  The Running Postman June 2017   (866Kb) 


Thinking of selling or buying a property that has a Conservation Covenant on the title?

If you have a Conservation Covenant registered on the title of your property and are thinking of selling, you should keep in mind that anyone involved in the sale process (e.g. real estate agents, lawyers) needs to be informed of the covenant. Prospective buyers and new owners must be informed of the covenant on the property title so that they can factor this into their decisions.

Owners of Conservation Covenants have the support of the PLCP who are available to assist with advice and management. Officers can provide agents with information about the unique values of a particular private reserve - information that may assist to secure a sale. A covenant may appeal to particular purchasers and may be promoted as a valuable aspect of the property.

The Selling or Buying page has more information.


Private Land Conservation Enquiries
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550

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