LFW top end
Land for Wildlife is a voluntary conservation program, supporting landholders to provide wildlife habitat through nature conservation and land management and promoting wildlife awareness and education.
LFW operates in several parts of Australia within different organisations. In the Top End, the program is run through Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) and stretches from Darwin down to Katherine. There are over 200 properties registered to LFW Top End and landholder events are held regularly throughout the year.
The LFW program is open to any landholder who:
manages part or all of their property as habitat for native plants and animals
is interested in integrating nature conservation with other land uses
has a property with at least 1 hectare of native vegetation (exceptions may apply for educational purposes).
Properties in the program are mainly residential rural blocks within the Darwin rural area, with others near Adelaide River, Bynoe Harbour and further out. The program also covers some conservation reserves, defence land and Darwin Airport land. The scheme now includes many land unit types, including woodland communities, riverine landscapes, lagoons, sand sheet, coastal vine thicket and monsoon rainforest.
The LFW program provides:
Access to support and advice about habitat management, protection and restoration of land, including fire and weed management, feral animals and working with neighbouring properties
A link with like-minded people and the chance to network and share ideas
Newsletters and technical notes
Opportunities to be involved in field days, workshops and other activities for capacity building
Workshops and field days are held several times a year. These may include native plant propagation workshops, fire and weed management and identification days. Field days about local wildlife or landscapes of interest are also held.
The scheme networks and promotes wildlife awareness with other organisations with similar values, such as Wildcare and Landcare groups. We also encourage the involvement and support of interested individuals and work with “Educational members” on publically accessible land such as in public reserves and schools.
The project is becomingly increasingly important as Darwin expands and more bushland becomes fragmented and the future of large tracts of native vegetation lies in the hands of private landholders.