The National Trust of Australia (WA)'s conservation covenant program has been assisting private landholders in the protection of natural values on their properties for more than 35 years.
The National Trust promotes nature conservation on private land by working with owners to place voluntary covenants on land titles, and through managing bushland in its own right. Awareness, knowledge and conservation of natural heritage is achieved through information sharing, education, regional networking, incentives and stewardship support.
The National Trust of Australia (WA)’s conservation covenant program has been assisting private landholders in the protection of natural values on their properties for more than 35 years. Our first conservation covenant was registered in 1971 and comparison of aerial photographs from 1972 and the present day shows that, not only has the bushland remained intact, but that it has regenerated over the years.
Covenants have been registered over 62,000 hectares of private land protecting over 17,000 hectares of bushland thereon throughout Western Australia.
A conservation covenant is a permanent, legal agreement placed on a landholder’s title, usually as part of a land subdivision process, to ensure protection of native remnant bushland vegetation. Such conservation covenants are entered into between the National Trust and private landholders in accordance with Section 21A of the National Trust of Australia (WA) Act 1964.
- Covenants are flexible and designed to reflect the individual needs of the owner and the conservation requirements of the land.
- A Bushland Management Plans specific to each property , and advice and assistance from Conservation Officers employed by the Trust ensure qualified ongoing management of any covenanted land.
- Covenants provide satisfaction to a landowner that the conservation values they cherish will be retained into the future.
- Covenanting private land complements the National Reserve System, providing lasting protection of nature conservation values on private land.
Deed & Management Plan
Each covenant is supported by a Bushland Management Plan which sets out ‘best practice’ management of bushland areas. The implementation of Bushland Management Plans is assisted by regular stewardship visits by Trust Conservation Officers, who are also available for advice at other times between stewardship visits.