2009 Land and Biodiversity Award
ACT Land Keepers
Greening Australia Capital Region, ACT
ACT Land Keepers is a partnership project between the ACT Natural Resource Management Council and Greening Australia Capital Region funded by the ACT and Australian Governments targeting the conservation of rural and non-urban land.
The ACT Land Keepers project has engaged 3,950 active volunteers, 56 rural land managers and ACT Government in the protection, enhancement and reestablishment of native vegetation and controlling weeds on 1,715 hectares across 181 sites throughout the ACT. The project also established a community seed bank and 18 Seed Production Areas which underpins revegetation activities and ensures future supplies of larger quantities and diversity of local seed.
ACT Land Keepers is proving to be an effective partnership between community, government and science. The project represents a model example of land managers, scientists, community volunteers and NGOs working together to achieve results at a landscape scale.