Information for Covenant Owners - Monitoring and Stewardship

​The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) ​provides a range of post-covenanting services to landowners statewide. 

Conservation Program Officers assist landowners in dealing with particular issues, undertake site visits, review Nature Conservation Plans/Operations Plans, and can provide a range of general information and management advice to landowners.  They can provide advice on property sales and reserve information (with the vendor's permission) to real estate agents and purchasers of covenants, and will make contact with new covenant owners following registration of a new covenant or change of ownership.​

The PLCP also conduct a range of biological monitoring activities in private reserves designed to measure change over time, to identify causes and adapt management strategies, as required, to maintain and/or enhance the condition of reserves. Monitoring methods include general assessments of the condition of native vegetation and evaluated case studies that examine particular issues in detail. To enable a wide representative sample of reserves, monitoring activities are undertaken on a strategic basis. All monitoring information is provided back to landowners through comprehensive reports that may include condition assessment information, species lists, threatened species information, photos and management advice.


Lauren Bird - - Conservation Program Officer (North)

Pip Jones - - Conservation Program Officer (South)

Janet Smith -​ - Biological Monitoring Officer


Monitoring and Stewardship Resources

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Enthusiasm, generosity and knowledge .... and insects!!!

The Conservation Landholders Tasmania (CLT) weekend event on the importance of insects

Jumping spider

Jumping spider found on bark
Photo: Gail Dennett

(18/19 November 2018) was held in the CWA hall at picturesque Nubeena. 

Key note speaker, Dr Peter McQuillian captured attention with the statistic that the insect world provides 99% of biodiversity on earth yet attracts only 1% of conservation funding.  As well, if all creatures larger than mice died, biodiversity would drop by 1% but if all life forms smaller than mice died, biodiversity would drop by 99% and complete the 6th great extinction!

Despite insects being the dominant species on earth, only about half are known or named.  As the building blocks of life, Peter stressed the need to nurture both common and rare species – plus maintain thresholds that ensure ongoing breeding.

Karen Richards and Chris Spencer provided a memorable double act.  Karen noted that of the 216 listed threatened fauna in Tasmania, 119 were invertebrates about which we know little except that they inhabit specialised environments: wetlands, higher altitudes, caves and stream headwaters.  Chris enthralled with details of his research into the Simpsons Stag Beetle (studied for 23 years); one of the Jewel Beetles, declared extinct in 1999 and then found again.


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Looking for invertebrates - Jumping spider web and eggs
Photo: Gail Dennett


Class room talks - Janet Smith giving a presentation
Photo: Gail Dennett






 - Dylan Yorkston and Carolyn Emden


Read what other invertebrate activities were done during the field weekend in the full article in the June 2019 edition of the Running Postman newsletter.


  Running Postman Newsletter No. 27 June 2019   (855Kb)


Thinking of selling or buying a property that has a Conservation Covenant on the title?

If you have a Conservation Covenant registered on the title of your property and are thinking of selling, you should keep in mind that anyone involved in the sale process (e.g. real estate agents, lawyers) needs to be informed of the covenant. Prospective buyers and new owners must be informed of the covenant on the property title so that they can factor this into their decisions.

Owners of Conservation Covenants have the support of the PLCP who are available to assist with advice and management. Officers can provide agents with information about the unique values of a particular private reserve - information that may assist to secure a sale. A covenant may appeal to particular purchasers and may be promoted as a valuable aspect of the property.

The Selling or Buying page has more information.


Private Land Conservation Enquiries

GPO Box 44,
Hobart, TAS, 7001.