A group of philanthropists, led by Jan Cameron (founder of Kathmandu), Rob and Sandy Purves (Rob is a member of the Wentworth Group of concerned scientists) and Graeme Wood (cofounder of wotif.com) is making the largest single philanthropic investment for private land conservation in Australia’s history.
The purchase and conservation of almost 28,000 hectares of Tasmanian native forest, on 98 titles, costing over A$23 million is 1% of Tasmania’s private freehold land.
The land covered in this purchase is vast; ranging from ancient old-growth rainforests, sub-alpine forests, sweeping landscapes of towering trees, lakes and wild rivers, lowland forests and forested valleys. It includes nationally significant upland vegetation, heaths, grasslands, sphagnum wetlands and old-growth swamp peppermint forests.
The properties provide habitat for many endangered species of plants and animals including the Tasmanian devil, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle, the last wild habitat for the Clarence galaxias freshwater fish and include conservation jewels with World Heritage values.