Protections for your land

Different levels of land protections

Guardians of the Wet Tropics, acknowledge Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).

We recognise the importance of Traditional Owner (TO) input and the overdue need to listen and learn how we can respect country. Over the past few years, heat wave events have caused native wildlife to perish. Spectacled Flying Foxes on mass suffered heat stress and died, and rainforest trees have begun to die, adding a fuel load to the forest floor. With fragmented habitats the edge effects of invasive plants and weeds changes the landscape and dries out the forest floor. You can clearly see this if you look at surrounding paddocks and how much greener the grass is around trees.

The increased heat and dry increases the likelihood of the rainforest burning. After the cyclone in 2019 part of the rainforest in Lockhart River burnt. These increasing threats highlight the importance of engaging with Traditional Owners and elders regarding the healing of country, using traditional knowledge and learning how to read the signs.

We know healthy intact, weed free rainforests do not burn. They hold a carpet of moist composting leaves that feed the soil microbes across the land creating humid air and is seen as the lungs of the planet.

Land clearing (ha) rates in Australia by State 2010-2018

Queensland leads the way with the most destructive land clearing of
• Re-clearing – 2075, 700 ha
• Primary clearing – 370, 900 ha

Queensland clears three times as much as the second largest land clearing done in NSW
• Re-clearing -57, 400 ha
• Primary Clearing- 88, 300 ha

Northern Territory with least primary clearing in Australia
• Re-clearing 27,000 ha
• Primary- 4,800 ha

ACT has no primary land clearing
• Re-clearing 1,500 ha

Source: Land Use, Land Use Change & Forestry.
Note: Includes both native forestry and plantation forestry figures

We recommend everybody join Wildlife Land Trust first, it is free, a good first step, and encourages conversations with like-minded people who may want to learn more to protect their patch.

Listed in order of protections you can place these on your land from simple, free and not legally binding Wildlife Land Trust (WLT) to Voluntary Declarations (VDecs), where you can write what protections you would like over what area of land on your property for 20 years (this has costs involved) to the greatest level of protections under Nature Refuges which are more complicated. You require either a larger parcel of land or critical habitat and the costs are slightly higher and the process is more involved with botanical surveys conducted to check your lands suitability, if eligible your land will be protected in perpetuity.

Established in May 1994 to support conservation and animal protection efforts in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. With over 40,000 Australian supporters and several significant achievements, HSI is now a major NGO influence for advocating positive change for environmental management and animal protection.

HSI works with National and State Governments, conservation NGOs, animal welfare organisations, scientists, and individuals to find practical, culturally sensitive, and long-term solutions to common environmental and animal protection problems.

As Wet Tropics Guardians, we actively support and are a part of this organisation whose values and principles for the future of wildlife to and our planet so closely aligns with our own. WLT offers immeasurable benefits for members.

Preserving our ecosystems is essential for wildlife survival and every hectare left intact safeguards native animals. Private land conservation plays a crucial role and landholders can make an enormous contribution by welcoming wildlife. Members of our WLT network of sanctuaries protects wildlife and their habitats across a wide variety of land types and sizes. They include working farms; family homes and dedicated refugees so please join us in making a difference for your local environment.

  • Membership is voluntary and there are No legal obligations and NO costs.
  • You are part of a growing movement of sanctuaries dedicated to saving habitat globally
  • You receive a Wildlife Land sign for your property demonstrating your commitment to nature
  • Support should your sanctuary come under threat of development
  • Twice yearly Wildlife Lands newsletter
  • Assessing grants and programs
  • Support for wildlife after natural disasters
  • Network with like-minded members
  • If you are a BNB, selling or looking to buy WLT you can advertise on their page.