Conserving the natural environment in places such as Blue Mountain View is relatively straight-forward when landholders voluntarily agree to protective measures, such as those contained in a conservation covenant or a Land for Wildlife scheme. In many cases, however, we cannot rely on voluntary goodwill. Environmental regulations and policies are therefore important for protecting biodiversity, controlling pollution and ensuring sustainable utilization of natural resources and other environmental objectives. Tasmania's natural environment is governed by a wide variety of local, national and international laws.

Many resources are available to enable you to learn more about Tasmanian and other Australian environmental laws and the agencies that implement them, as well as nongovernment organisations that work to promote better environmental governance. 


 Cawthen, L., Tasmanian Bats and their Habitat - A Guide (Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry, 2015).

 Gates, G.M., A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi (Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club, 2016).

 Hickman, V.V.. Some Common Spiders of Tasmania (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 1967).

 Launceston Field Naturalists Club (LFNC), A Guide to Flowers and Plants of Tasmania (LFNC, 2008).

 Littlejohn, M.J., Frogs of Tasmania (Fauna of Tasmania Committee, 2003).

 McQuillan, P.B., Butterflies of Tasmania (Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club, 1994).

 Owen, D. and D. Pemberton, Tasmanian Devil: A Unique and Threatened Animal (Allen & Unwin, 2005)

 Triggs, B., Tracks, Scats and Other Traces: A Field Guide to Australian Mammals (Oxford University Press, 2004).

 Visoiu, M. and S. Lloyd, Bugs, Birds, Bettongs: Maintaining Habitats for Fauna in Tasmania (Department of Primary Industries, Parks,  Water and Environment, 2013).

 Watts, D., Field Guide to Tasmanian Birds (New Holland, 2002)

 Watts, D., Tasmanian Mammals: A Field Guide (Tasmanian Conservation Trust, 1987).  


 Birdlife: http://www.birdlife.org.au/get-involved/citizen-science

 Feather Map: http://feathermap.ansto.gov.au

 Fungi Map: https://fungimap.org.au

 iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org

 Natural Values Atlas: https://www.naturalvaluesatlas.tas.gov.au

 Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club: http://www.tasfieldnats.org.au

 Wildlife Spotter: https://wildlifespotter.net.au


 Julie Groce's research into conservation covenants in Australia: http://www.connectandconserve.com

 Trust for Nature manages Victoria's conservation on private land program: http://www.trustfornature.org.au/what-we-do/conservation-covenants

 Tasmania's conservation covenants program is managed by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/conservation/conservation-on-private-land/private-land-conservation-program

 The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage administers the NSW conservation agreements program: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/cpp/ConservationAgreements.htm

 Government sector

 Commonwealth Department of the Environment: http://www.environment.gov.au/ 

 Commonwealth legislation: https://www.comlaw.gov.au

 Tasmanian legislation: http://www.thelaw.tas.gov.au/index.w3p

 Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service : http://www.parks.tas.gov.au

 Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Nongovernment sector:

 Australian Conservation Foundation: http://www.acfonline.org.au

 Australian Earth Laws Alliance: http://www.earthlaws.org.au

 Environmental Defenders Office Tasmania: http://www.acfonline.org.au

 Environment Tasmania: http://www.et.org.au

 Friends of the Earth Australia: http://www.foe.org.au

 Greenpeace Australia: http://www.greenpeace.org/australia/en

 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law: http://www.iucnael.org

 Landcare Australia: http://www.landcareaustralia.com.au

 National Environmental Law Association: http://www.nela.org.au

 Rewilding Australia: https://www.rewildingaustralia.com.au

 Tasmanian Conservation Trust: http://www.tct.org.au/links.htm

 Tasmanian Land Conservancy: http://www.tasland.org.au

 Wilderness Society: https://www.wilderness.org.au

 World Commission on Environmental Law: http://www.iucn.org/about/union/commissions/cel/