Bush Heritage and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy have been working with farmers to restore the Tasmanian Midlands.
Farmers receive annual payments to help finance the protection and restoration of crucial patches of native vegetation on their properties in the Tasmanian Midlands. Those payments are tied to specific ecological goals and set out in a ‘stewardship agreement’ that the landowner signs.
They are aiming to double the amount of land protected under these stewardship agreements, with a view to eventually protecting around 8000 hectares.
But as much as anything, it’s the cultural change occurring in the Midlands community that leaves ecologist Dr Matt Appleby most hopeful. “There are farmers offering us more land. They’re saying to me, ‘When’s the next round? I’d like to do more.’ And that’s what you want to hear.”