BushbankSA acquires land that meets one or more of its selection criteria in determining the significance of an area for protection under a Heritage Agreement.The combination of factors will vary with individual properties and these criteria may be used to prioritise land purchases.
The selection criteria criteria include:
- The extent to which the property meets the criteria used by the Native Vegetation Council in determining the significance of an area for protection under a Nature Foundation Heritage Agreement
- The extent to which the property contains ecological communities or ecosystems that are under-represented within the public reserve system
- The extent to which the property contains significant wildlife and habitat conservation values or contains nationally endangered or threatened ecological communities or species
- The extent to which the property contains wetlands of significance
- The extent to which the property contains areas of biodiversity conservation significance and contributes to the conservation of nearby areas of conservation significance
- The extent to which the property contains native vegetation with high state conservation priority or other special values, such as high-localised species
- The potential for maintaining ecological viability and integrity of those populations, species and communities for which the land is being considered
- Continuity and context including proximity to other protected areas
- The extent to which the property is subject to levels of threat and degradation pressures, for example from surrounding land use or planned land use, weeds, feral animals, inappropriate fire management or grazing intensity.