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Buying land

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

Thanks to our generous supporters we:

  • own 42 reserves covering over 1.2 million hectares
  • work in partnership with Aboriginal groups and other landowners to plan and deliver conservation work, over an area of 10.1 million hectares
In total we help protect 11.3 million hectares.

How we select land

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.

Map of our priority landscapes around Australia.

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.
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?

  1. Conservation covenants are organised to provide ongoing legal protection.
  2. We begin applying our conservation planning process.
  3. Ongoing ecological monitoring is set up for key conservation targets.
  4. We engage with Traditional Owners to share knowledge of the landscape and identify cultural values.
Woodlands at Charles Darwin Reserve, WA. Photo Bronwyn Willis.