The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP
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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp
Australian Minister For Fisheries , Forestry and Conservation
Senator Ian MacDonald
20 June 2004
Twenty-two landholders in Tasmania have received $850,000 in Federal funding after signing conservation covenants under the $30 million Private Forest Reserve Programme.
Australian Environment Minister Dr David Kemp and Conservation Minister Senator Ian Macdonald said the Natural Heritage Trust initiative was a voluntary program that provided private landowners with assistance and a financial incentive to protect forests on their land.
"Landholders are assisted in developing plans to control weeds and animal pests, fencing off sensitive areas from livestock, fire management and stocking rates," Dr Kemp said.
" These 22 landholders join the 142 landowners already protecting forest on their land through the program.
"The total amount approved under the programme comes to almost $12 million to approve 27,000 hectares . These latest 22 landholders have protected more than 2,000 hectares of priority forest and habitat for some of Tasmania's most threatened species."
Senator Macdonald said the Private Forest Reserve Program helped protect Tasmanian forest communities considered endangered due to a substantial loss of their original area.
"The White Gum forest is a precious resource In Tasmania and part of this project will see landholders protecting 130 hectares of this endangered forest community," he said.
"Landholders across Tasmania participating in the Private Forest Reserve Program are making important contributions to the long-term future of Tasmania's rare forest communities.
The Program complements the Natural Heritage Trust bilateral agreement between the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to improve protection of rare, vulnerable and endangered forest and non-forest vegetation communities across Tasmania.
Further information on the Private Forest Reserve Program can be found at www.pfrp.tas.gov.au