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.

Land for Wildfire?

You’ve probably heard it.  It’s one of those myths that land managed for flora and fauna conservation is a ‘wildfire’ waiting to happen.  In fact, under wildfire conditions almost any area of vegetation can carry a devastating wildfire.  Even residential.

A low intensity fuel reduction burn in an Eucalyptus obliqua forest
Photo: Stu King, Tasmania Fire Service

Those that know the value of fire in the landscape also know that fire is something to fear.  And it’s not necessarily the fire itself we are afraid of.  It’s being at fault.  It’s about being sure we’ve done everything right.  It’s about not being seen as reckless or irresponsible or dangerous or a bad land manager.  It’s about permits and seasons and fines.  It’s forgotten knowledge and new approaches we’re just not so sure about.

Lighting the fire edge
Photo: Stu King Tasmania Fire Service

To assist private landowners the Tasmania Fire Service recently launched a Planned Burning booklet titled ‘Planned Burning for Landholders and Farmers’.  The booklet outlines typical ecological considerations and combines that information with detail on implementing a burn.  The toolkit includes information about weather conditions, fire behaviour, and safety.




- Stu King, Community Engagement Officer (North West), Fuel Reduction Unit


Raking around a tree with a raptor nest in the canopy
Photo: Stu King, Tasmania Fire Service

The SFMC 'Planned Burning for Farmer and Landholder's' booklet is available by emailing or the web site

Read the full article to learn more about fire in the landscape and fire management in the June 2017 edition of The Running Postman newsletter.

  The Running Postman June 2017   (866Kb)




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

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