Trust for Nature (Victoria)
DescriptionTrust for Nature is a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect native plants and wildlife in cooperation with private landowners. Our native plants and wildlife provide us with not only important services, such as clean water and resources, but they are important in and of themselves. However, as two-thirds of Victoria is privately owned, many of these species and their habitats are not currently getting the necessary protection. The Trust was established under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act 1972 to enable people to contribute permanently to nature conservation by donating land or money. We have since evolved into one of Victoria’s primary land conservation organisations, with several tools to help people protect biodiversity on private land. In 1978, Trust for Nature developed conservation covenants as a way to protect native plants and wildlife on private land, and we have now protected more than 47,000 hectares through over 1,115 perpetual conservation covenants. The Trust has also purchased and preserved more than 55 properties across Victoria through its Revolving Fund, as well as currently owning and managing 46 properties that cover over 36,000 hectares of Victoria.
Both land purchases and covenants not only protect the land but also the many native creatures that call the bush home.