Private Land Conservation Program

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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:

​​​​Conservation Covenants

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
The 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.

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Part of a bigger picture: the landscape value of protected areas on private land

Dead paddock trees

Isolated paddock treees
Photo: Iona Mitchell

Since European settlement, land clearing, grazing, urban development, changed fire regimes, agriculture and irrigation have all impacted Tasmania’s ecosystems.  Human activity has reduced and fragmented the habitats of our native plants and animals.

Protected areas are the best available means to ensure the recovery and survival of our threatened native animals and plants.  Protected areas also conserve the healthy ecosystems that are essential to sustain human life.

Healthy, functioning and resilient environments are our best defence against a changing climate.  Protected areas on private land help build more resilient landscapes providing wildlife refuge and corridors for plants and animals to move safely around the landscape as they try to adapt to climate change impacts to their habitat.  By creating these havens across the landscape, protected areas provide the best possible conditions for Tasmania's native plants and animals to adapt to climate change.

A landscape scale approach recognises that many natural processes important for conservation operate at large spatial scales, requiring the involvement of all land managers, both public and private.  A landscape approach recognises the interdependence of nature across all scales.

With over 100,000 hectares of private land in Tasmania managed for conservation via conservation covenants and more than 2,000 properties involved, including Land for Wildlife and Gardens for Wildlife, protected areas on private land provide a vital role in conservation at a landscape scale. 


Photo: Oliver Strutt

Landscape Linkages
Photo: Iona Mitchell

Photo: Oliver Strutt

- Oliver Strutt
Conservation Programs Officer - Monitoring and Stewardship
Tasmanian Land Conservancy - Protected Areas Partnership


What everyone does matters!  To learn more about how private protected areas make a valuable contribution to the broader protection of our landscapes, wildlife species and habitats, read the full version of this article in the June 2018 edition of The Running Postman newsletter.  
Private Land Conservation Program participants as at June 2018:
​Number of covenants
​109,740 hectares
​Land for Wildlife members
​58,456 hectares
​Garden for Wildlife members
​2,931 hectares

Please note that some landowners are registered with more than one program, and there is some overlap in the figures presented.


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

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