Trust for Nature offers a suite of services to business to enhance the environmental sustainability of your property portfolio. We tailor solutions to your company’s goals for land management, and will work with you one-on-one to design a package of services so that your business can be proud of its green credentials.
The ultimate form of habitat protection on private land in Victoria is a Trust for Nature conservation covenant, which is a legally binding agreement with landowners. Its purpose is to permanently conserve and protect the natural, cultural or scientific assets of the land. This agreement is voluntary and negotiated between Trust for Nature and each individual landowner. Once agreed, the covenant is registered on the title and protects habitat forever. Our Stewardship Program allows Trust for Nature to work with landowners to improve the condition of the covenanted habitat.
To meet stakeholder interests and achieve environmental credentials, many businesses are now looking at acquiring land for the purpose of conservation. Trust for Nature can assist with the permanent protection, and future plans for management, of your conservation property.
In some areas, these types of activities may be partly or fully funded by grants from the Victorian or Australian Government. In other areas, businesses can engage Trust for Nature themselves for assistance with managing biodiversity on their land. We are a not-for-profit organization, and this is reflected in our service fees.
If you would like to partner with Trust for Nature in achieving your corporate citizenship goals, please contact our Strategic Projects Manager to start a conversation about how we can work together.
Do you need help in identifying the plants and animals on your property? Trust for Nature’s conservation officers can undertake flora and fauna assessments of your property. These assessments will tell you what the key biodiversity features of your property are, and this information can help inform your choices about siting new buildings or making decisions about land uses.
Our staff are experienced in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and can create mapping solutions from field data collected during assessments on your property, or from databases and existing landscape-scale maps to provide desktop studies of the biodiversity features on your property.
Trust for Nature works closely with Catchment Management Authorities and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to attract funding for revegetation projects on private land within our priority areas, especially where revegetation supports the recovery of populations of threatened plants and animals. A key element of habitat restoration is planting new trees, shrubs, grasses and herbs, which can either supplement the existing native vegetation in an area, or restore habitat to an area which is currently devoid of native vegetation. When planning to plant trees and shrubs, the selection of plant species can be really important to ensure food resources are available all year round for threatened animals with particular dietary needs.
Regularly surveying areas of habitat is important to understand what is happening in nature. Trust for Nature’s staff can help you learn how to survey your property – this could include using photopoints to show changes over time, remote trail cameras, or keeping records of the animals you see on your property. Trust for Nature’s conservation officers also undertake a range of other scientific survey methods for projects in our priority areas, including monitoring plants using transects or quadrats, and surveys for threatened animals using a range of specialised techniques including catch-and-release trapping, and nocturnal spotlighting.
Please note that landowners may require permits for some types of monitoring – Trust for Nature holds these relevant permits for all the work that we do.
Pest plant and animal control programs are most successful when they are coordinated between neighbouring properties, which is why Trust for Nature collaborates with Catchment Management Authorities, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to plan and deliver pest plant and animal control programs that work jointly across private and public land. We focus our efforts where these programs actively support the recovery of populations of threatened plants and animals.
The conservation covenant is an approved mechanism that can be used to secure biodiversity offsets.
Governed by federal and state regulations, a biodiversity offset compensates for biodiversity losses arising from native vegetation removal. The party removing the native vegetation provides funds to the landholder of an offset site to secure the site and improve native vegetation. See the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning for more information about biodiversity offsets.