Buying land

We own properties that have been bought, gifted or bequeathed to us. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we:

  • own and help achieve conservation goals on 37 reserves covering over 1.2 million hectares  
  • work in partnership with Aboriginal groups and other landowners to plan and deliver conservation and socio-economic outcomes on their land and sea country, over a management area of 10.1 million hectares

Our priority landscapes, along with locations of our work.
Our priority landscapes, along with locations of our work.
This brings the total to 11.3 million hectares that we help protect.

How we select properties

Australia has no shortage of places in urgent need of conservation! To best manage our resources we focus on priority landscapes where there are conservation assets of national importance and we can make a significant difference. 

We aim to acquire land that:

  • will help preserve biodiversity or threatened species
  • will help maintain a functional natural landscape
  • protects communities and species under-represented in other reserves
  • helps meet our strategic conservation goals
  • is the right size, shape and location to offer effective protection to plants and wildlife
  • is within our scientific and financial capabilities to manage in the long-term
  • isn't likely to be subject to Indigenous land claims
  • can support viable populations of species and ecosystems for the long term.

White Stallion Lookout at Carnarvon Reserve in Queensland, looking west to Yandaburra. Photo Cathy Zwick.
White Stallion Lookout at Carnarvon Reserve in Queensland, looking west to Yandaburra. Photo Cathy Zwick.
In practice, we generally buy land that features remnant native vegetation, providing habitat for threatened wildlife. We often buy near existing reserves. 

What happens next?