The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) through a partnership agreement with The Tasmanian Land Conservancyprovides 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.
Anna Povey - email@example.com - North
Oliver Strutt - firstname.lastname@example.org - South
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Monitoring and Stewardship Resources
Protecting threatened native plants - Story of the Davies' wax flower
Flowers showing the prominent stamens
Photo Wendy Potts
What happens when there is the very real threat of a native plant species becoming extinct in the wild? The steps being taken to protect one of Tasmania’s endemic plant species, Davies’ wax flower (Phebalium daviesii) are a good example of what can be done to protect a species, including its genetic diversity. Davies’ wax flower is listed as an endangered plant species under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Natural habitat along the George River, St Helens
For a long time the species was considered extinct after not being found since 1892 with the last records being from two locations in the North East of Tasmania (Georges Bay and Constable Creek). In 1990 it was rediscovered and found to be restricted to three naturally occurring patches along a 4.5 km section of the George River near St Helens. The total area of these three patches combined is 0.03 ha representing the only populations of plants now occurring in the wild.
Flowers and leaves of Davies' wax flower
Photo Bill Brown
For threatened plant species such as the Davies’ wax flower, their numbers can be bolstered through careful selection of plant cuttings and seed collection to maintain genetic diversity through ‘in situ’ and ex situ’ conservation methods.
- Iona Mitchell
Read the full article in the June 2018 edition of the Running Postman newsletter to learn more about what efforts are being made to ensure the survival of the genetic diversity of Davies' wax flower.
Running Postman Newsletter No. 25 June 2018 (2Mb)
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.
Selling or Buying page has more information.