Private Land Conservation Grants announced
Humane Society International (HSI) is pleased to announce that 25 New South Wales landholders with perpetually binding conservation covenants on their properties have been selected to share in the $75,000 available under this year’s Private Land Conservation Grants Program. The grants support owners of covenanted properties to conduct habitat or species conservation projects such as the restoration of native vegetation, management of weeds and enhancement of endangered species habitats of on their land.
The program was partnered by HSI’s Wildlife Land Trust, the Paddy Pallin Foundation, the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change, the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW and the Diversicon Environmental Foundation, and administered and partnered by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.
HSI congratulates Wildlife Land Trust members John McCann and Lorraine Blyth of Casper's Hideaway, Mary White of Falls Forest Retreat, and Rosemary Von Behrens, co-owner of Black Ridge, on receiving grants this year. John and Lorraine received $1,200 to install glider and possum nest boxes, Mary $9,000 for weed control in a richly biodiverse forest corridor, and Rosemary $2,157 for plants and materials for habitat restoration.
“Private conservation is extremely important because most land in Australia is privately owned, and protecting Australia’s native animals in their natural habitat is of immense long-term benefit to future generations of Australians” said Wildlife Land Trust and HSI director Michael Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy continued, “HSI has also asked the major political parties during this election time, to allocate nationally significant funds for private land stewardship conservation programs”.
This is the third year that the Private Land Conservation Grants Program has been run, with $30,000 and $50,000 allocated to 17 and 21 projects in 2008 and 2009 respectively. When combined with this year’s recipients and funding, the program has allocated a total of $155,000 to 63 successful applicants since its establishment.
For further details on successful applicants from this year’s round of grants, visit http://hsi.org.au/. Applications for the next funding round will open in May 2011.