Private land conservation in NSW

There is a long history of private land conservation (PLC) in NSW over four decades. Schemes to support landholders participate in PLC have been run since 1948 by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Nature Conservation Trust. The first [permanent] conservation agreement was entered in 1963. Many individuals and non-government organisations also support or participate in private land conservation in NSW outside formal schemes.

NSW comprises nearly 81 million hectares. Of this about nine per cent or over seven million hectares in conserved in NSW national parks. More than three per cent is also under some form of permanent or impermanent private land conservation.

However, only permanent private land conservation areas count towards the national reserve system and CAR targets.

Landholder's permanent or in-perpetuity conservation agreements cover approximately 260,000 hectares of private land in NSW. This is substantial and a good start, but only 0.3 per cent of NSW. More than 70 per cent of the biodiversity of NSW is located on private land, so private land conservation needs to play a much bigger role if we are to achieve good biodiversity conservation outcomes and to meet NRS and CAR targets.

To find out more about how the BCT is adding to this network of private protected areas, see our PLC outcomes page.

Go here if you wish to see some examples of landholders who have signed up to private land conservation.