Private land, in many cases, represents the last stronghold of NSW’s endangered animal and plant species. Their very survival depends on managing this land effectively, through conservation.
The Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) of NSW is working with land holders to better understand and protect the wealth of biodiversity on private lands.
Our model of applying a conservation covenant to your land begins with a detailed ecological survey. Once we know about the presence and health of plant and animal populations on a given piece of rural land we can then continue to monitor the wildlife throughout the life of the covenant.
The NCT understands that ecosystems are complex, that even the tiniest plant or robust animal can be impacted by subtle changes to its habitat. More significant changes – like alterations to water quality, vegetation clearing, pollution or invasive pests – can have more pronounced effects.
That’s where the NCT is making a profound difference. Our partnerships with private land owners are putting a new value on private land conservation and the environmental benefits it brings.
Our staff members are dedicated to uncovering and protecting the amazing array of animals that survive – sometimes secretively – on rural landholdings.
Some of Australia's most endangered native plants now survive only on private land. Protecting plant biodiversity has therefore never been more important.
An ecological assessment maps out all the vegetation communities and animal or wildlife populations that are found on the rural property. This then feeds into an environmental land management plan.
Many endangered animal species are found only on private land. We cannot rely on national parks and public reserves, alone, to protect the habitat of threatened animal and plant species.