OVER 800 hectares of private Mallee land will be managed for conservation as part of a plan to protect some of the country’s most endangered wildlife.
In October, the Victoria-based Carbon Landscapes organization purchased an ecologically diverse piece of land at Telopea Downs with the aim of creating a refuge for a range of native animals, including the Mallee Emu and the Malleefowl.
The region containing Telopea Downs was one of the few places in Victoria to feature the Mallee Wren Emu, which Zoos Victoria has added to its list of Fighting Extinction species.
Carbon Landscapes co-director Chris Pitfield said the company is excited to be at the forefront of a new, private enterprise approach to conservation in Australia.
âWith access to over 60 rural properties across Victoria, Carbon Landscapes is leading the way with a series of projects as a natural complement to our core business of funding conservation outcomes,â he said.
“Our latest acquisition at Telopea Downs, which is perfectly located adjacent to Big Desert Wilderness Park, is another big step for us and will be a major component of our commitment to protect the state’s wilderness.”
… their numbers have been gradually decimated by land clearing and recent bushfires.
Mr Pitfield said he believes private companies like Carbon Landscapes are uniquely placed to help protect Australia’s wildlife.
âWhile the Mallee Emu and Malleefowl were once widespread in areas from Mallee to Victoria, their numbers have been gradually decimated by land clearing and recent bushfires,â he said.
âWe will be working with some of the country’s foremost scientific experts over the next 12 months to explore how we are suppressing introduced predatory species, managing their habitat, and re-establishing their populations.â By creating ideal conditions, we aim to ensure the sustainability a range of species in all of our properties against the impacts of climate change. “
Pitfield said the Telopea Downs land was chosen in part because of its location next to Big Desert Wilderness Park, the oldest of Victoria’s three wilderness parks.
“When the numbers of our various wildlife begin to increase again, the goal will be to release some of them into protected areas, such as the park,” he said.