Biodiversity includes every landscape across NSW and is composed of a rich mosaic of plant and animal communities. The health of those communities is, in turn, governed by complex relationships between their resident plant and animal species.
Subtle changes to these relationships and the wellbeing of even the tiniest of species can have far-reaching effects on the community as a whole. The growing number of threatened plants and endangered animals is testament to this sad fact.
However, private land owners are increasingly aware of the intricacies of this environmental tapestry. They recognise that the future sustainability of the environments on which we all depend – economically and socially – lies in a co-operative approach to conservation on private land.
By collaborating with our rural property owners across the State, the Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) is making profound improvements to the biodiversity resilience and the health of our precious natural habitats as they confront climate change. As we are demonstrating through our Great Eastern Ranges Initiative partnerships, this will boost their ability to cope with the challenges that lie ahead.
In expanding the network of private conservation reserves across NSW, the NCT is helping to develop vital climate change corridors and improving connections between our landscapes and our people.
The sustainability of the State’s threatened plants and animals depends on us. Our rich ecological communities can only remain diverse and productive if we humans understand and address the impacts we are having on them.
When assessing suitable land for our conservation land covenanting programs we give preference to those habitats and vegetation communities that will help Australia’s native species and their landscapes adapt to the growing pressures of climate change.