Tasmanian Land Conservancy Wins Banksia Award

by isvolunteers on Thursday, 15 January 2015

tasmanian midlands

The Tasmanian Midlands is a biodiversity hotspot protected through partnerships between farmers and NGOs (c) Tasmanian Land Conservancy

ISV Australia is proud to announce that one of our conservation volunteer project partners, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, has been awarded the prestigious Banksia Foundation Sustainability Award for their work with farmers to conserve the Tasmanian Midlands.

The Banksia Foundation Sustainability Awards recognise and promote innovative sustainable development and practice. The Midlands Conservation Fund is the winner of the 2014 Natural Capital category recognizing demonstrated leadership and innovation in the sustainable management of renewable and non-renewable resources.

The award is shared by members of the Midlands Conservation Fund, a partnership between the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Bush Heritage Australia and farmers managing remnant native grasslands and grassy woodlands on their properties.

Tasmanian Devil

The Tasmanian Midlands is home to 32 nationally threatened species including the Tasmanian Devil (c) Matthew Newton, Tasmania Land Conservancy

“This is one of regional Australia’s great success stories.

This Banksia Sustainability Award confirms for farmers that the coexistence of critical conservation work and productive farming is valued,” said Jane Hutchinson, CEO of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

The Tasmanian Midlands is one of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots. They are home to 32 nationally threatened species and more than 180 plants and animals threatened at state level. The Tasmanian Midlands provide habitat for species that are extinct or close to extinction on the Australian mainland, such as the Tasmanian devil, eastern bettong, spotted-tail quoll and eastern barred bandicoot.

The Midlands Conservation Fund was launched in 2013 with a landmark AUD$3.3 million conservation fund supported by philanthropic individuals and government. Ten farmers have signed up to protect 2,636 hectares (6,500 acres) of grasslands and woodlands on their properties. The fund will have the capacity to support many more landowners to conserve habitat on working farms and seeks to reach AUD$10 million by 30 June 2020 to cover a further 8000 hectares (20,000 acres) of grasslands and grassy woodlands in the Tasmanian Midlands.

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ISV has partnered with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy since 2006 to contribute to habitat restoration projects across the island state (c) ISV

ISV works with partner organizations who are sustainably managing Australia’s diverse ecosystems.

We have been partnering with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy since 2006. Our volunteers have worked across Tasmania to improve the ecological viability of the reserves owned and managed by the Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

Sixteen teams of volunteers have worked tirelessly to plant over 6000 native trees and shrubs, remove 20 hectares (50 acres) of weeds, remove rubbish, monitor vegetation regrowth, repair fences and over 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) of walking tracks and survey for critical plant and animal species. And they had a lot of fun doing it!

spotted-tailed quoll

Spotted-tailed Quoll (c) Matthew Newton, Tasmania Land Conservancy

ISV is looking forward to partnering with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy again this year!

Read more from the Tasmanian Land Conservancy about the Banksia Foundation Sustainability Award here.

To read an alumni’s account of their time at the Tasmania Land Conservancy as part of the ISV Volunteer Program check out this blog by Megan Fitzgerald.

To learn more about ISV, please visit our website.

 

 

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