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.

Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 5.04.31 PMIn 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

Read more about our strategic directions or download our Priorities brochure NRCL Priorities 2015-2020. You can also access our 2014 Activities Report here.

Recent News:

VALE MIKE HILL July 27 2016

The NRCL Board is deeply saddened by the death of its Chair,  Mike Hill.

Mike was a Director of the NRCL from 2003 and its Chair since 2010.

He was an exceptionally inspirational and visionary leader who was passionate about conservation and sustainability.

Mike  played a pivotal role in the reinvigoration of this organisation working tirelessly to build on the substantial legacy of the NRCL whilst repositioning it to be relevant to contemporary issues such as sustainability and biodiversity.

He devoted considerable time and effort into the future of the NRCL’s property at Cranbourne West, leading the Board in its deliberations about how a vision of a sustainable outer urban community might be realised at the site.

Mike gave of his time to all who asked for assistance. He was widely respected across many sectors as was always evidenced by his ability to know of the right contact for any particular problem. We will all miss his updates on his beloved Melbourne Footy Club and how each year was to be the one when things turned around!

The Directors and CEO, Dr. Anthony Hooper pass on their deepest sympathies to Mike’s partner, Lorna and family.

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