The Protected Areas on Private Land Program (PAPL) was a joint initiative between the
National Reserve System Program
, the Department and the
Tasmanian Land Conservancy
The aim of the PAPL program was to contribute to Tasmania and Australia's Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative (CAR) Reserve System by promoting and facilitating voluntary Conservation Covenants
between the Tasmanian Government and landowners with important natural values on their properties. Natural values of interest included under-reserved vegetation communities, freshwater values, threatened species and geoconservation areas.
The PAPL program was largely interested in areas that were greater than ten hectares in size and in good condition - vegetation that had a diversity of species, limited management issues such as weeds, and ideally was linked to other areas of native bush.
Private landowners play a very important role in efforts to conserve Tasmania's unique natural values.
Benefits of a PAPL
- Exemption from land tax (for the area under Covenant);
- Rate rebates in some council areas;
Support and management advice for landowners;
- A regular
- Assistance with applications for funding for environmental works; and
- establishing an agreement that will see important conservation values on your land protected for biodiversity in perpetuity.
Birds, wasps and wet sclerophyll forest
Conservation Landholders Tasmania (CLT) continues to hold enjoyable, informative events for people who own conservation land, supported by NRM North, NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM, Landcare Tasmania, DPIPWE and the Tasmanian Land Conservancey.
In late November 2015 we spent a weekend on Brundy Island, staying in the shearers' quarters at Murrayfield Station. Our focus was on bird conservation, a topic close to the hearts of many CLT members. Sarah Lloyd led two early morning bird watching walks, alerting participants to bird species in the area and their calls. She assured us that, with enough practice, we could all learn to identify birds from their calls.
A Forty-spotted Pardalote from Bruny Island
Photo: Stuart Smith
We heard from Sally Bryant about efforts to preserve forty-spotted pardalotes on Bruny Island. She described the precarious state of this tiny bird: its white gum habitat is becoming depleted through drought and tree clearing, and its breeding success is curtailed by predation from sugar gliders.
Lee Prouse showing aboriginal artefacts at Murrayfield Station
Photo: Robin Garnett
Lee Prouse and Ben Sculthorpe, representing the Weetapoona Aboriginal Corporation, showed us the nest boxes that researchers are using to find the optimum nest box height for successful breeding.
We also had a fascinating time looking at stone artefacts and a stone quarry with Lee and Ben, They shared their passion for preserving the extensive Aboriginal cultural sites on Murrayfield Station.
Philip Milner pointing out features of his wet sclerophyll forest
Photo: Robin Garnett
We ended the day walking through Philip Milner's beautiful wet sclerophyll forest near the Don River. We wandered amongst tree ferns in the shade of his tall, Eucalyptus regnans, and felt thankful that he and his neighbours have preserved a substantial forest corridor with their covenanted properties.
- Robin Garnett
Read more about the CLT's field day and the connection between birds, wasps and wet sclerophyll forest in the full version of this article in the June 2016 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:
The Running Postman June 2016 (947Kb)