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.