Peter Jacobs’ role to build nature’s trust
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.