Land For Wildlife Queensland
|Land for Wildlife in Queensland is an innovative, established program that delivers on-ground nature conservation outcomes. Land for Wildlife is collectively one of the most effective and active extension services offered to private land-holders.
Land for Wildlife is a voluntary nature conservation program. It supports the maintenance and enhancement of native flora and fauna on private land through cooperative agreements and advisory services. It also aims to encourage land-holders to integrate nature conservation with other land management activities.
Members are supported through workshops, quarterly newsletters, property visits and assessments, phone support and incentives such as free plants and access to propagation facilities.
81% of participants have reported an improvement in the environmental health of their property as a result of Land for Wildlife (2005 South-East Queensland Land for Wildlife Survey). 87% agreed that their knowledge about the needs of wildlife has increased. 93% said that Land for Wildlife is useful in providing advice about how to manage a property for nature conservation.
Land-holders spend 1-2 weeks a year on habitat management on their Land for Wildlife properties. Land for Wildlife land-holders are contributing $6.7 million worth of time on habitat management and spend approximately $3.5 million per year to achieve nature conservation outcomes.
The need for land-holders to take an active role in conserving our biodiversity has never been greater. Only 4.1% of Queensland’s land area is under the protected area estate. 96% of the state is managed by private land-holders or State forests. Land-holder involvement in Land for Wildlife has lead to direct improvements in land management and biodiversity conservation. It directly integrates with higher level conservation agreements such as Voluntary Conservation Agreements and Nature Refuges.
Land for Wildlife provides a niche for land-holders who are eager to implement nature conservation activities into their land management without a binding agreement.