• A long-term champion of the program, QTFN serves as an important conduit between landholders and the Department of Environment and Science, using our expertise to conduct assessments of the conservation value of properties, developing nature refuge agreements in collaboration with landholders, and supporting them through the registration process.

    In 2020, QTFN ecologists assessed over 1,300 hectares of land targeted as nature refuges on both privately held and QTFN-owned land – from koala habitat in the south to cassowary habitat in the north.

    A total of 13 nature refuges were declared during the year with our support, bringing the total number of nature refuges declared with our involvement to 44 since 2004, delivering permanent protection for 110,000 hectares of land, more than 6,000 hectares of threatened regional ecosystems and at least 71 threatened species.

    “The beauty of the Nature Refuges Program is that it allows a property’s significant natural and cultural resources to be conserved while also allowing compatible and sustainable land uses – from house sites to eco-tourism and outdoor education.

    Felicity Shapland, QTFN

    • Department of Environment and Science
    • Councils
    • Private landholders

A long-term champion of the program, QTFN serves as an important conduit between landholders and the Department of Environment and Science, using our expertise to conduct assessments of the conservation value of properties, developing nature refuge agreements in collaboration with landholders, and supporting them through the registration process.

In 2020, QTFN ecologists assessed over 1,300 hectares of land targeted as nature refuges on both privately held and QTFN-owned land – from koala habitat in the south to cassowary habitat in the north.

A total of 13 nature refuges were declared during the year with our support, bringing the total number of nature refuges declared with our involvement to 44 since 2004, delivering permanent protection for 110,000 hectares of land, more than 6,000 hectares of threatened regional ecosystems and at least 71 threatened species.

“The beauty of the Nature Refuges Program is that it allows a property’s significant natural and cultural resources to be conserved while also allowing compatible and sustainable land uses – from house sites to eco-tourism and outdoor education.

Felicity Shapland, QTFN

  • Department of Environment and Science
  • Councils
  • Private landholders