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Healthy Ecosystems

Our Healthy Ecosystems program helps maintain and enhance biodiversity, cultural values and resilience by engaging, educating and training communities. Real-world challenges demand real-world solutions

We work with rural property owners, public land managers and Indigenous landholders to deliver real-world solutions to environmental challenges, including fire management, invasive species control and restoration of wildlife habitat. Our award-winning programs bring together scientific expertise and proven community engagement strategies to protect and restore nature and build lasting capacity for effective natural resource management.

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Hotspots Fire Project

The Hotspots Fire Project is an education and training program we run with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) to increase understanding of the role of fire in the bush and how it can be best managed for a variety of outcomes. We believe that well-informed and well-prepared communities complement the roles of land managers and fire agencies, and that a shared approach to fire management is critical for effective planning.


Bushfire Program

The Bushfire Program is the longest running of the Nature Conservation Council Healthy Ecosystem Programs. Its vision is to ensure that all bushfire management activity is ecologically sustainable while protecting life and property, and it has been actively involved in the successful evolution of fire management in NSW. The program has been pivotal in bridging contrasting views on bushfire management between interest groups.


Large Forest Owls Project

Through this project we are working with landholders to protect and enhance key nesting sites and habitat resources for Vulnerable large forest owls across the Richmond-Clarence Lowlands. The project is working to ensure the survival of three Vulnerable species: the Barking Owl (Ninox connivens), Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae) and the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua). 


Bushfire Conference 

Field trip for the Biennial Bushfire Conference 2021. This year's location was North Head where attendees were able to learn about major efforts in management of this unique location, including burn strategies and results of 2020's escaped burn.