Contributing as a landholder

The Great Eastern Ranges is a bold vision to protect, connect and restore healthy landscapes across 3,600km of eastern Australia.

This big vision brings people together – landholders, traditional custodians, community groups, organisations, government, and researchers – in their local patch to roll out activities that support the needs of their wildlife, landscapes, and communities whilst contributing to the bigger picture. In turn, each action, amplifies the next to achieve outcomes far greater than the sum of its parts.

The important role private landholders play

Although formal protected areas play a pivotal role in conservation, they are not sufficient on their own to conserve nature and the many benefits that it provides us with – such as food, clean water, medicines and pollination services. Like us, animals need to be able to move to survive. Well-connected landscapes are more resilient to threats and enable species to shift and adapt in response to a changing climate and conditions.

More than 70% of land across Australia is privately owned. These properties contain some of the rarest habitats, wildlife, and ecosystems on our continent. This creates a huge opportunity for landholders to help fill the vital gaps in habitat between protected areas, maintain and restore degraded land, increase biodiversity and support healthy natural processes.

How you can get involved

Private landowners can contribute to the Great Eastern Ranges in a wide variety of different ways (see how below). Every contribution, no matter how small, is valuable.

 

  • Protect native bush

    You can play a significant role in helping our unique wildlife and plants to survive and thrive by protecting and restoring habitat on your property. Farming and conservation are not mutually exclusive and merging the two can bring multiple benefits for you, your community and your local environment. There are a swathe of different types and levels of land conservation agreements to consider. These range from Land for Wildlife, a voluntary scheme that encourages and assists landholders to incorporate conservation alongside other management objectives, through to conservation covenants that ensure that your land is protected forever, even if it changes hands. Your local GER regional partnership can provide you with advice on which agreement will work best for your unique situation.

  • Responsible land management

    By managing your land sustainably you can significantly boost the health and productivity of your land and achieve improved economic, social and environmental outcomes. Good land management practices include employing rotational grazing, planting native pasture instead of exotic, using traditional burns to control weeds and reduce future fire risk and keeping cattle away from fragile river banks. Your local GER regional partnership, Local Land Services office or Landcare group will be able to provide you with advice and support.

  • Contribute land

    You can leave a lasting legacy by purchasing a property as your contribution towards the Great Eastern Ranges. Our partners can work with you to help restore cleared or degraded habitat and manage your new property to achieve your productivity and environmental goals. As well as providing important homes for wildlife and connecting patches of habitat, private properties can also provide good opportunities for research and monitoring. If you are interested in exploring this option further, get in touch with us for a confidential chat.

Other ways you can contribute

  • Consider leaving fallen logs and dead standing trees in place rather than removing them. Woody debris provides important homes for many species of reptiles, mammals and even amphibians, whilst dead trees, particularly big old trees with hollows, can still provide habitat for wildlife for up to fifty years after dying. A local arborist can help to ensure the tree is safe by cutting off any limbs that may fall.
  • Leave large old trees in your paddock to provide homes for local wildlife and enable animals to move between patches of habitat, whilst providing shade and shelter for your cattle and making soils more fertile. Click here to learn more about the importance of paddock trees for increasing your farm’s productivity and profitability whilst also benefitting your environment.
  • Install nest boxes: Pop nest boxes up around your property to provide much-needed additional homes for wildlife. Over 170 species of animals in Australia are dependant on hollows to survive, including squirrel gliders, glossy-black cockatoos and powerful owls. You can make your own nest box or buy one readymade from suppliers like Nest Boxes Australia.
  • Modify or remove sections of barb wire fencing: Barb wire fencing has become standard practice on many farms but sadly poses a risk to local wildlife, with over 60 types of birds and mammals found entangled on it. If using alternative fencing, such as high tensile plain wire isn’t practical, you can still make a difference by replacing or modifying sections of barb wire on your property. This includes things such as threading PVC piping over the barbs or placing metal tags at intervals along the fence which helps to make it more visible to wildlife that move around at night. Here are some easy, low-cost ways to make your fences more wildlife-friendly.

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Contribute towards the Great Eastern Ranges vision to protect, connect and restore healthy landscapes across 3,600km of eastern Australia.