Land for wildlife
The Land for Wildlife program
Did you know... that approximately half of our region’s vegetation occurs on private property?
Land for Wildlife (LFW) is part of Moreton Bay Regional Councils Voluntary Conservation Programs. Through this LFW program Council provides assistance to private land holders and community groups who are 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 of SEQ Catchments and local governments. Moreton Bay Regional Council is one of several Councils in South East Queensland supporting the program.
Land for Wildlife is a free conservation program that recognises the importance of habitat protection on private property and aims to encourage and support private landholders and community groups to preserve and restore as much habitat for wildlife as possible on their properties.
Land for Wildlife membership is free, voluntary and non-binding, but requires assessment against specific criteria.
To qualify for full LFW registration, the property must be greater than one hectare (10000 m2 or 2.5 acres) in size and contain at least one hectare of native vegetation and/or habitat (i.e. dams, rivers, creeks)
Properties that do not contain at least one hectare of native vegetation or habitat may be registered as ‘Working Towards’ if the property:
- Adjoins or contains a wetland or significant waterway
- Linked to a natural area (i.e. Environmental Reserve or Conservation Park);
- Provides habitat for rare and threatened species; or
- Is used for educational purposes, is community owned or joins another LFW property.
As a LFW landholder you must be motivated and committed to supporting nature conservation on your property by managing it in a way that clearly enhances the local environment.
What are the benefits of joining Land for Wildlife?
- Assessment of your property by one of Councils Environment Officers;
- Access to free native flora and fauna management advice.
- Aerial maps of your property;
- Advice on revegetation, weed control, pest animal control and ecological processes;
- Land for Wildlife sign for your front gate (full registration only);
- Quarterly newsletters from SEQ Catchments and Moreton Bay Regional Council;
- Opportunities to attend free workshops, field days and meet other like-minded landholders;
- Free access to all Living with the Environment activities (subject to availability, bookings essential);
- Incentives to create, improve and protect wildlife habitat (free trees, nest box or publication);
- Access to LFW grants up to a maximum of $750 per year (subject to application guidelines, criteria and assessment);
- Integration of nature conservation with other land uses; and
- Inspire one another and restore degraded land.
How do I join?
Ways to increase the amount and quality of habitat on your property:
- Retain the native plants that already exist on your property;
- Allow native species to naturally regenerate from the seed stock in the soil by limiting slashing/mowing to house garden areas only;
- Plant species that occur naturally in your area to help replace species that may have been loss due to past land uses;
- Remove weeds to allow native species to establish and flourish;
- Retain dead trees (if structurally sound) and logs which often contain hollows and provide important habitat (Nest boxes can provide a substitute);
- Replant exposed creek banks with native vegetation to enhance water quality and habitat;
- Fence off waterways from livestock to reduce erosion; and
- Seek advice and guidance if you are unsure.
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 not title binding and property owners can opt out anytime. Land for Wildlife registration does not convey the right of public assess or represent an official wildlife sanctuary.
If you have any questions please contact the Environmental Services team at Moreton Bay Regional Council (07) 3205 0555.
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