Tasmania has a wonderful natural heritage, with over 40% of the state already protected by magnificent reserves. Despite this, many of our unique species are still under threat, with over 700 species of wildlife and plants in danger of extinction.
The TLC aims to protect areas of high conservation values for species which are not adequately protected. Small but crucial parts of the jigsaw, which contribute to our goal – the creation of a network of natural areas that truly deliver long-term security for our native species and ecosystems.
The Tasmanian Land Conservancy is a registered environmental organisation. We raise funds from the public to protect irreplaceable sites, endangered species' habitats, and rare ecosystems by buying and managing private land. Download our brochure here.
We were established in 2001 with $49 in the bank and a handful of committed volunteers. With the help of our supporters we have permanently protected 11 areas of outstanding national environmental significance, providing important habitat for 51 threatened plant and animal species.
Our flagship project - the New Leaf Project - protects nearly 28,000 hectares of native forests, grasslands and wetlands. Generous financial support in the form of gifts and loans from Jan Cameron, Graeme Wood and Rob and Sandy Purves will allow us to redevelop this working forestry estate as a working conservation estate over the coming years.
Our partners in other organisations and in government are critical to our conservation results. In particular we appreciate the close working relationship with our government and NGO partners, particularly Bush Heritage Australia, the Tasmanian Government's Private Land Conservation Program and the Australian Government's National Reserve System.
It is also of great importance that we acknowledge and thank the private landowners who have the vision and commitment to either buying a revolving fund property or to establish protected areas on land they already own.
Of the three ways we protect land for biodiversity, the best known is our program of permanent reserves – land which we raise money to buy, and then to manage in perpetuity.
We also operate a revolving fund to purchase, protect and then re-sell the covenanted property to new owners keen to protect it for conservation. In this way we free up capital to invest into the next property. It is an approach to conserving biodiversity that uses every precious dollar over and over again.
Thirdly the TLC works with landowners to protect critical ecological values on their own properties. Our programs work in partnership with the Tasmanian and Australian governments and corporate sponsors and cover a range of activities all designed to conserve vital habitat on privately owned land.
Vision — For Tasmania to be a global leader in nature conservation and sustainability.
2050 Mission — In partnership with other organisations, communities, individuals and governments the TLC will;
Take a leadership role in building a landscape scale approach to conservation including a world-class system of reserves complemented by sustainable development.
Demonstrate excellence in management for biodiversity conservation.
Contribute to Tasmania becoming a centre for knowledge and expertise for nature conservation and planning.
Develop and implement innovative mechanisms for achieving sustainability and biodiversity conservation.
Provide opportunities and mechanisms for communities and individuals to achieve conservation.
Demonstrate organisational leadership through exceptional governance, a positiive working environment and financial sustainability.