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Why should I get involved in Private Land Conservation?

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) exists to protect and enhance biodiversity across NSW. We intend to work with all landholders that have land with high environmental values to encourage the management and protection of such land.

The BCT will manage an unprecedented $240 million over five years to help support landholders in protecting private land and $70 million in each following year, subject to performance reviews. This investment is important and recognises with over 70 per cent of land in NSW in private ownership or managed privately, it is essential that we work together with landholders and farmers to provide support to help protect and manage land with high environmental values, alongside other uses such as farming.As we are still becoming established, more information about the support we can provide will become available later in 2017. The support that we will be able to provide to landholders to encourage the management and protection of high environmental value land will be guided by the Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy to be made by the Minister for the Environment on the advice of the Office of Environment and Heritage and our Business Plan which will be developed by our Board and released in early 2018. These documents will guide us to seek agreements with landholders and farmers in priority investment areas in NSW.

As we are still becoming established, more information about the support we can provide will become available later in 2017. The support that we will be able to provide to landholders to encourage the management and protection of high environmental value land will be guided by the Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy to be made by the Minister for the Environment on the advice of the Office of Environment and Heritage and our Business Plan which will be developed by our Board and released in early 2018. These documents will guide us to seek agreements with landholders and farmers in priority investment areas in NSW.

It is intended that landholders entering into an agreement to protect private land may be able to access a range of support and benefits depending on their location, such as:

  • having site visits, including monitoring,
  • accessing staff for assistance and advice, including about management actions,
  • receiving regular newsletters,
  • receiving information about funding and volunteer opportunities,
  • being able to attend field days, meetings, workshops and social events,
  • accessing the website for information and resources as well as an on-line forum,
  • accessing a social network/platform for landholders,
  • education and capacity building for looking after land under conservation, and
  • linking with other NRM (Natural Resource Management) agencies or groups (e.g. Local Land Services, Landcare).

We also know that protecting biodiversity and the natural environment on your land can provide benefits by strengthening productive farms and the surrounding area by:

  • Drought proofing,
  • Top soil retention,
  • Soil moisture control,
  • Pest management,
  • Shelter belts for stock,
  • Salinity control,
  • Improved sustainability credentials for farm produce,
  • Access to new markets, and
  • Diversification of income.