Peter Ja­cobs’ role to build na­ture’s trust

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

A FORMER Parks Vic­to­ria chief ranger is set to work with pri­vate landown­ers who care for the en­vi­ron­ment and want to pro­tect bush­land on their prop­er­ties.

Peter Ja­cobs has been ap­pointed as the new North East area man­ager for the Vic­to­rian or­gan­i­sa­tion Trust for Na­ture.

The group is re­spon­si­ble for pro­tect­ing na­ture on pri­vate land with Mr Ja­cobs oversee­ing con­ser­va­tion in an area rang­ing from Omeo to Wodonga, across to Nu­murkah and down to Marysville.

“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.”

Mr Ja­cobs has spent most of his ca­reer is sim­i­lar roles, pre­vi­ously work­ing as a chief ranger for Parks Vic­to­ria for the Alpine and Mt Buf­falo Na­tional Parks.

He is the pres­i­dent of the Up­per Ovens Val­ley Land­care Group and 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 in Pore­punkah which bor­ders Mt Buf­falo Na­tional Park.

“I’ve al­ways had a ca­reer in man­ag­ing pro­tected ar­eas and for con­ser­va­tion but that’s al­ways been more to do with pub­lic land like Na­tional Parks,” Mr Ja­cobs said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the new role, if you think of the whole sphere of pro­tect­ing ar­eas and con­ser­va­tion the pri­vate side of things, although smaller, is equally as im­por­tant.

“In fact in some ar­eas it’s more im­por­tant be­cause some of the most im­por­tant eco­log­i­cal val­ues are ac­tu­ally on pri­vate land.”

Es­tab­lished by an Act of State Par­lia­ment in 1972, Trust for Na­ture is one of Aus­tralia’s old­est con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions.

It has pro­tected 100,000 hectares of na­tive habi­tat in Vic­to­ria through con­ser­va­tion agree­ments with pri­vate landown­ers and the es­tab­lish­ment of its own con­ser­va­tion re­serves.

NEW ROLE: Pore­punkah’s Peter Ja­cobs has been ap­pointed Trust for Na­ture’s North East man­ager.

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