Habitat 141° is restoring connectivity within two
nationally recognised biodiversity hotspots, over an area
covering 18 million hectares and incorporating 14 National
Parks containing a myriad of significant flora and fauna species.
Our landscape needs your help.
Vast areas of Australia’s temperate woodlands
have been cleared since European settlement.
The region has faced massive and disproportionate loss of open woodland and freshwater wetland habitats. These areas provide critical habitat for many of the region’s most threatened species.
It is predicted that without action, up to half of Australia’s birds
will go extinct in the 21st century.
Habitat 141° is a coordinated response to addressing these issues in one of the most important regions in Australia.
The challenges we face across Australia from over-clearing of native vegetation are so vast that we cannot do everything.
We must choose carefully where our work will have the greatest impact. The distinctive configuration of wilderness areas spanning a 700km north-south gradient provides one of the best opportunities to reconcile historic over-clearing for agriculture, and assuage the future impacts of climate change, in the Australian wheat-sheep zone.
These impacts are most severe in the wheat and sheep belts of southern Australia.
Less than 3% of open woodland habitats remain in the Habitat 141° region, because these
habitats are associated with more fertile soils and were preferentially cleared for agriculture.
In addition, more than 80% of the region’s freshwater wetlands have been lost or heavily modified since
The clearance, degradation and fragmentation of woodlands have been identified as the primary reasons for
the decline of woodland birds in southeastern Australia.
More than 200 flora and fauna species are listed as threatened in the region and many more are likely to be declining.
Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate these issues and accelerate the rate of species loss.
Spanning along the 141st degree of longtitude, the region provides an outstanding opportunity to restore southeastern Australia’s most threatened habitats at an unprecedented scale.
Working with farmers, the project is ensuring that the productive agricultural lands surrounding core conservation areas contribute
to the Habitat 141° vision.
Habitat 141° also includes much of our most productive agricultural lands. New ways of integrating native vegetation
into agricultural systems are being developed that enhance, rather than displace, current food and fibre production.
The emerging carbon market is providing new opportunities to fund and expand these activities.
Acknowledgement of Country
The Habitat 141° Alliance acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands we are working on and recognises that this connection to the land goes beyond the tangible values and includes intangible stories, beliefs and values.