Land donation saves habitat
THE protection of key habitats within the Bongil Bongil National Park has been enhanced thanks to the generosity of a neighbour.
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has just received a donation of high value conservation land near Sawtell which it has gifted to the public for future protection in the national reserve system.
The donation by a local development company that doesn’t want to be identified provides the addition of more than 12 hectares to the northern boundary of Bongil Bongil National Park, and will ensure the permanent protection of two endangered ecological communities; the Coastal Flood Plain Swamp Forest and Freshwater Wetlands on Coastal Floodplains.
“This generous donation will ensure the forests and freshwater wetland ecosystems on the property continue to flourish,” said the CEO of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife Leonie Gale.
“After visiting the property, it is wonderful to know that many threatened species such as the koala, glossy black-cockatoo, osprey and wallum froglet can persist on the site for future generations of Australians.”
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife is the only organisation in Australia whose philanthropy is an investment in the public estate for all to enjoy.
There are tax incentives for landholders donating land but the real value is the growth of national parks and the protection this gives to the many plants and animals cared for under their management.