The Land for Wildlife program
Land for Wildlife (LFW) is a voluntary program which provides resources to private land holders and community groups managing land with existing wildlife habitat, as well as to those working hard to re-establish habitat through revegetation and restoration projects.
The LFW program operates with the assistance and cooperation of SEQ Catchments and local governments. Moreton Bay Regional Council is one of many Councils in South East Queensland supporting the program.
Did you know... that approximately half of our region’s vegetation occurs on private property?
Land for Wildlife recognises the importance of habitat protection on private property, and aims to encourage and support private landholders to preserve as much habitat for wildlife as possible on their properties.
Wildlife habitat on private land contributes to the survival of plants and animals that once inhabited larger areas of the region. Remnant old growth vegetation is especially important as it provides many habitat features that are lacking in younger vegetation. Habitat on private land can form vital links between reserves, allowing for the safe movement of wildlife.
LFW also recognises properties that are integrating nature conservation management practices into farming and agricultural activities. The program is also not title binding and property owners can opt out anytime.
Members enjoy benefits
- A property assessment and management advice
- Regular newsletters
- Technical notes with detailed conservation information
- Workshops, activities and field days
- Free participation in Council’s Living with the Environment activities
How do I join?
Properties meeting certain participation criteria will be inspected by a LFW extension officer. Two levels of registration exist – those properties meeting all participation criteria (full registration) and those properties that don’t meet all of the criteria outlined by their district officer, but which have the capacity to in the future (working towards registration).
Ways to increase the amount and quality of habitat on your property:
- Retain the native plants that already exist on your property
- If you stop mowing, seed from existing plants will be able to germinate and grow
- Allow locally native species to regenerate and remain on the property - every species has its function and they are all needed for a healthy ecosystem
- Removing weeds will allow native species to establish and flourish
- Using species that occur naturally in your area will help replace species that may have been loss due to past land uses