The Five Rivers Conservation program is a partnership between BHP, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and Conservation International to support conservation and ongoing management of land in Tasmania.
This expansive 11,000 hectare landscape features open grassland valleys, old-growth forests and woodlands, native grasslands, endangered sphagnum moss beds, and five river systems: the Nive, Serpentine, Pine, Little Pine and Little Rivers.
It is habitat for endangered wildlife species endemic to Tasmania, including the Tasmanian devil, Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the Clarence galaxias fish.
Substantial areas of the land are in or adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and a neighbouring landscape-scale protected area is owned and managed by Tasmanian Aboriginal people for its natural and cultural values.
A critical component of the Five Rivers Conservation Project is the establishment of an efficient but effective long-term ecological monitoring program. This program has been designed to gather scientific data to inform conservation management using simple, repeatable and robust methodologies. In the future, the Five Rivers Reserve will become one of a network of national sites for long-term ecological monitoring across Australia.