Protecting land and wildlife since 1991
Our story starts 25 years ago in a wild slice of Tasmanian rainforest.
Back then, Bob Brown made an important decision – one that was to have some major consequences for Australian conservation.
Bob, then a member of the Tasmanian Parliament, had heard about two untouched blocks of Tasmanian forest that were doomed to be woodchipped. Luckily, he was able to use an unexpected windfall – the Goldman Environmental Prize – as a deposit to secure the two blocks.
Bob admits that he was ‘very anxious' about raising the rest of the money. But like-minded people helped out with donations, with paediatrician and environmentalist Judy Henderson playing a crucial role.
Bit by bit, the forest blocks were bought. These two blocks of Tasmanian forest in the Liffey Valley became our Liffey River and Dry's Bluff Reserves, and in 1991 Bush Heritage was born.
From small beginnings to a national presence
Since then, the Australian public has rallied behind Bush Heritage.
From just a few hundred hectares in 1991, we now protect over 6 million hectares across Australia. And it's all thanks to our supporters.
CEO Gerard O'Neil says 'Our supporters saw an opportunity to really do something about conserving our country. And their vision has paid off. If we're considered successful, they're the reason why. We can't thank them enough for what they've done.'