The Natural Resources Conservation League of Victoria (NRCL), formed in 1951 is celebrating over 60 years of contribution to the conservation of Victoria’s natural resources. Its predecessor, the Save the Forests Campaign was formed in 1944 in the aftermath of the 1939 bushfires out of concern about the need to protect Victoria’s forests. Read more about our history.
In 2015, the NRCL Board developed new priorities to guide our work to 2020 and beyond. Our 2015-2020 strategic priorities reflect the desire of the Board to ensure that the NRCL builds on its proud heritage of supporting community engagement and the practical on ground conservation efforts of community based groups. The NRCL Grants Program represents a key initiative in this area with its focus on supporting community based organisations and their members to build their capacity to undertake locally based and community owned projects.
Significantly, the NRCL Board is aware that its property at Cranbourne positions the organisation as the custodian of a considerable endowment providing it with the potential to make a substantial contribution to the environment of Victoria particularly through the promotion of sustainable urban development, community awareness and action in environmental protection and enhancement.
Our vision is to be an innovative and strategic leader in the promotion of conservation ideas and actions that value, protect and enhance ecosystems in an environment impacted by a growing population,climate change and increasing demand on our natural resources.
The NRCL received funding from Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) through the Threatened Species Protection Initiative- Community Volunteer Action Grant to undertake a monitoring program on its property at Cranbourne West and a range of other sites in the vicinity.
This project represents the first systematic monitoring tracking of the distribution and dispersal of the Southern Brown Bandicoot west from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.
The data collected with the assistance of community volunteers will inform the development of much needed corridors or biolinks as well as raising community awareness of the need for such linkages. Learn more about the project.