Protected Areas on Private Land Program

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 Conservation Covenant include:
  • Exemption from land tax (for the area under Covenant);
  • Rate rebates in some council areas;
  • Support and management advice for landowners;
  • A regular newsletter;
  • 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.

A Devil of a Day: Tasmanian devils and other native animals on conservation properties

One of the best things about being a member of the Conservation Landholders Tasmania (CLT) is the guided walks around other members’ conservation properties.  In March we did just that but with an extra bonus; presentations by Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) and to top it off a stroll around a Free Range Enclosure (FRE) for Tasmanian devils.


Devil mother with babies

Nutella and her young enjoying the sun
Photo:  Darroch Donald

David Pemberton from the STDP conveyed to us the complexities of managing the Tasmanian devil as a top predator.  When managing our properties to protect wildlife, he advised the importance of ensuring that the top predators are happy because the rest will then sort themselves out.

He made the point that ‘size’ matters for populations.  Small populations are particularly vulnerable to threats.  Greater genetic diversity allows a population to be more resilient.  He also emphasised that impacts on a species are cumulative.

The devil population was already in serious decline in 2000, shortly after the first reported case of DFTD, and now it’s only 20% of that!  So the STDP’s aim is to bolster the number of devils in the wild as well as increase genetic diversity.  Genetic diversity is increased by breeding devils from different areas together in FREs, the devils chosen based on their genetic profiles.

In the afternoon the group visited a conservation property comprising 260 ha of wet heathland and many old quarries which hosts a FRE for Tasmanian devils managed by the STDP.  These Enclosures have been constructed to mimic wild habitat and to maintain the devil’s ‘wildness’. 


Scott Bell with CLT members at an old quarry site
Photo:  Gill Basnett

David Schaap explaining the FRE perimeter double fencing
Photo: Gill Basnett

- Janice May

A more detailed report on the day is available on the CLT's website or you can read the full article in the June 2018 edition of The Running Postman newsletter.

  Running Postman Newsletter No. 25 June 2018   (2Mb)





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

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