East Gippsland Land To Be Haven For Endangered Animals

first_imgEast Gippsland Land To Be Haven For Endangered Animals VIC PremierAn ecologically significant area of land in far East Gippsland – equivalent to more than 70 MCGs worth of land – is now permanently protected thanks to Trust for Nature project funded by the Andrews Labor Government.The area protected is home to various endangered and threatened plants and animals such as the Long-nosed Potoroo, Glossy-black Cockatoos and Coast Grey-box. The area contains a range of depleted forest types and also borders part of the Genoa River.Property owners Virginia and Rob Fitzclarence have covenanted 146ha of their 208ha property in the wake of last summer’s fires to protect the precious habitat. The bushfires confirming to them the importance of looking after old forest areas and the animals within them.The new covenant was secured through Trust for Nature’s Iconic Estates, Eastern Forests project, which works with landholders in East Gippsland to protect a range of forest types with conservation covenants, giving the habitat of native animals long term security. The three-year project has protected more than 250ha of land so far.This Iconic Estates Eastern Forests project is funded by the Labor Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning program and is helping to ensure that our natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.Many of the large, old Coast Grey-box trees on the East Gippsland property were burnt and lost however some still remain and regeneration and recovery is progressing slowly.Conservation covenants are voluntary, on title agreements allowing private landowners to conserve natural habitat on their properties in perpetuity protecting our heritage through successive generations.Working with landholders, Trust for Nature has covenants in place with approximately 1,450 landholders covering over 70,000 hectares across Victoria.As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“Protecting the habitats and the endangered animals and plants within them, is of vital importance. I’d like to thank Virginia and Rob Fitzclarence for this significant gift to the East Gippsland community and environment.” “It’s vital we look after these diverse and environmentally rich habitats now and for future generations.”As stated by Robyn Edwards, Trust for Nature’s Gippsland Area Manager“The covenanted property is very diverse and rich, with a high number of threatened species, and provides an important link between state forest and the Genoa River. “Due to the fires this land is in a vulnerable state for the next few years. Having a covenant on the property means more protection for plants and animals while the slow recovery process takes place.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, bushfires, climate, climate change, community, conservation, East Gippsland, environment, future generation, Government, Minister, planning, project, property, security, Victoria, Virginialast_img read more