Partnering to protect the critically endangered Plains-wanderer
One of Australia’s most endangered birds has a brighter future thanks to a new partnership between Victorian conservation organisation Trust for Nature and Country Road.
Trust for Nature has been awarded a $200,000 grant through the Country Road Climate Fund to protect native grasslands for Plains-wanderers.
The critically endangered Plains-wanderer is a unique bird found in inland eastern Australia. There are only between 250 and 1,000 left in the wild, and it will likely become extinct without a concerted effort to safeguard its habitat.
Thanks to the Country Road Climate Fund, Trust for Nature will work with landholders across the grasslands of northern Victoria, one of the birds’ last strongholds, to protect native grassland forever. More than 90 per cent of the native grassland has already been destroyed, mainly due to cropping and cultivation.
Trust for Nature CEO Corinne Proske said she was thrilled by the partnership.
“Country Road’s approach to sustainability and mitigating the impact of climate change makes them a natural partner in our work to protect the Plains-wanderer. One of the great things about native grasslands is that managing habitat for conservation can also benefit primary producers, whether through grazing or through Indigenous cultural practices such as traditional fire management. It’s a win-win,” Corinne said.
Through the partnership project, Trust for Nature will permanently protect critically endangered Plains-wanderer habitat on a property that is also used to support primary production. Trust for Nature will also support existing covenantors with Plains-wanderer habitat to manage their land for conservation, partner with Traditional Owners, and engage the local and broader community about conservation of this habitat.
“Trust for Nature works alongside landholders to support the management of remnant grassland habitat. By building relationships with landholders, we can explain what’s so special about the Plains-wanderer and how lucky they are to have this species in their backyards,” said Trust for Nature Senior Conservation Officer Kirsten Hutchison.
Elle Roseby, managing director of Country Road, said the brand is excited to support this round of Climate Fund grant recipients in driving positive change.
“We believe that partnerships are key to tackling industry-wide challenges and driving deep, long-term change. We are thrilled to be able to support those driving innovation at the grassroots level, and look forward to working alongside the three finalists,” Elle said.
About the Climate Fund
Launched in 2022, the Country Road Climate Fund is an annual grants program that drives climate solutions in the Australian fashion industry. The Fund aims to accelerate and incubate grassroots projects that mitigate climate change and build climate resilience across four key pillars; Biodiversity, Innovation, Circularity and First Nations-led projects.