Anchors in the Landscape – three years of achievements

Thursday 20 March, 2008

Bush Heritage CEO Doug Humann reports that what Bush Heritage has achieved with funds raised through the Anchors in the Landscape fundraising campaign will have far-reaching consequences for conservation.

Gorge Creek Spring, Yourka Reserve, Qld. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.

Gorge Creek Spring, Yourka Reserve, Qld. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix. 

In just three years the Anchors in the Landscape campaign has raised over $22.4 million from philanthropic donors and governments. This exceeds our initial target of $20 million. What a fantastic response from our supporters!

Thank you to all our donors, volunteers, supporters and stakeholders for their support and trust, and for giving so generously to make the first stage of the campaign such a resounding success.

The campaign was established in 2005 to fund the first stage of Bush Heritage’s ambitious plan: by 2025 to protect 1% (over 7 million hectares) of Australia’s land and water that is of greatest importance for protecting our biodiversity.*

What's been achieved?

Galahs come in to drink at Oonartra Waterhole, Boolcoomatta Reserve, SA. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.

Galahs come in to drink at Oonartra Waterhole, Boolcoomatta Reserve, SA. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix. 

The campaign has enabled us to buy and protect over 376 000 hectares of land and water and has also supported extensive management projects across Bush Heritage’s five priority regions. It has allowed us to build the internal capacity of Bush Heritage to manage this additional land and to sustain the growing organisation.

Eleven new reserves were acquired during Stage 1 of the campaign, almost doubling the area of land under Bush Heritage protection to over 720 000 hectares. The recent acquisition of Bon Bon Station has now brought this total to over 936 000 hectares.

Bush Heritage reserves now protect more than 225 vegetation communities, including at least 75 that are listed as being of high conservation value. Over 2700 plant species, including at least 250 of conservation significance, and at least 530 animal species, including 194 that are known to be threatened, are now safeguarded on the reserves.

In addition, numerous conservation partnerships with other landholders, conservation groups and Indigenous groups have been developed throughout Australia as part of our ‘Beyond the Boundaries’ program.

And now for Stage 2

Carpet of wildflowers, Eurardy Reserve, WA. Photo Julian Fennessey.

Carpet of wildflowers, Eurardy Reserve, WA. Photo Julian Fennessey. 

By 2011, Bush Heritage plans to acquire a further one million hectares (more than the entire area acquired since it began in 1991).

As part of the Beyond the Boundaries program, we also plan to help other land-owners to manage at least a further 750 000 hectares. We're excited by what can be achieved and look forward to working with you again, and engaging new support across Australia and beyond, to achieve the next stage in our vision.

*According to a report to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, if we want to protect 80 per cent of Australia’s ecosystems then we need to secure another 22 million hectares in reserves. That’s another 3% of Australia’s landmass.

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