Buying land

Last updated on 11 May 2016 

We own properties that have been bought, gifted or bequested to us.

Our priority landscapes, along with locations of our work.
Our priority landscapes, along with locations of our work.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we own and manage 37 reserves (over a million hectares) throughout Australia.

How we select reserves

Australia has no shortage of places in urgent need of conservation! To best manage our resources we use a rigorous selection process.

We focus our work in 'priority landscapes' where there are conservation assets of national importance and we can make a significant difference. Focusing on strategic areas reduces logistical challenges and costs.

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 land near existing reserves. 

What happens next?