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.
Keeping our Woodland Birds
The publication titled 'Birds on Farms' contains the findings of a five year study by Birds Australia to better understand how to keep woodland birds in the agricultural landscape. This research identified 10 broad ecological principles which underpin bird diversity on the farm. The conservation messages from this research undertaken over fifteen years ago, are still as relevant today as they were then.
Simple messages like 'messy is good, retain fallen timber, provide access to water' - are more important than ever given our birds are under increasing pressure from the new threats like climate change.
- Dr Sally Bryant, Manager Science & Planning, Tasmanian Land Conservance
Read summaries of the principles of these findings to see if they help explain the bird diversity on your property, irrespective of whether you are in an agricultural landscape or on a bush block. Read the full version of this article in the December 2015 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:
The Running Postman December 2015 (867Kb)