A newly appointed manager at the Trust for Nature aims to help landowners in and around Benalla conserve and encourage native flora and fauna.
Experienced environmental manager Peter Jacobs heads up a team that supports private landowners who care for the environment and want to protect bushland on their properties.
Mr Jacobs’ team will cover an area ranging from Omeo, Bright, Wangaratta and Wodonga through to Marysville, Mansfield, Benalla, Shepparton and Numurkah.
‘‘Many of Victoria’s most threatened plants and animals depend on private land, so it is critical to protect what we have left,’’ Mr Jacobs said.
‘‘I know there are plenty of people in this region who feel likewise and I look forward to working with them.
‘‘If you have a special patch of bush that you want to protect, my team would love to hear from you.
‘‘Feel free to contact me direct on 0477299848.’’
Mr Jacobs is president of the Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group and was previously the Alps district chief ranger for Parks Victoria, including the Alpine and Mt Buffalo National Parks.
He also chairs the Mountains Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s World Commission on Protected Areas.
Away from work, Mr Jacobs enjoys spending time on his own conservation property bordering Mt Buffalo National Park and trekking in mountainous areas around the world.
Established by an Act of State Parliament in 1972, Trust for Nature is one of Australia’s oldest conservation organisations.
It has protected 100000ha of native habitat in Victoria through conservation agreements with private landowners and the establishment of its own conservation reserves.
●For more information, visit www.trustfornature.org.au or phone 1800999933.