Bush Heritage Australia

Bush Heritage Australia is a private conservation organization that protects millions of hectares of ecologically important land, thanks to the generosity of its supporters.

Its story began in Tasmania, 1991, when Dr Bob Brown used prize money from an environmental award as a down payment to protect 241 hectares (596 acres) of old-growth forest from wood chipping in Tasmania’s Liffey Valley.

The campaign to pay off the remaining $200,000 loan was the birth of Bush Heritage and that land is now its Liffey River and Dry’s Bluff Reserves, parts of which are UN World Heritage Listed. It soon embraced a national vision for conservation, buying other reserves around Australia to preserve threatened areas.

Bush Heritage is now protecting 15 million acres of the most ecologically important and threatened landscapes across Australia.

With over 70% of Australian land privately held, Bush Heritage extends its reach by partnering with other land owners, sharing its knowledge and methods to help others achieve their conservation goals.

It now works with Aboriginal groups, farmers, pastoralists and other conservation organizations and networks to help identify conservation threats, plan strategies, source funding, and develop skills and resources needed for the long-term sustainability of country.

Through these innovative conservation partnerships, along with the more than 38 reserves it owns directly, Bush Heritage is now protecting more than 15 million acres.

With a team of highly skilled ecologists and reserve managers leading the way, its work is informed by science. It also partners with researchers to pioneer projects with the potential to improve land management practices.

And there's still so much more to be done. Together with partners, and with supporters like us, Bush Heritage has a plan to protect this remarkable country and its natural landscapes.

What better heritage or legacy can we leave for future generations?

More about the reserves

For detailed information about Bush Heritage Australia's reserves, and the animals and plants you can help protect, please visit the Places we Protect page on the Bush Heritage Australia website or contact us directly.