Slide 24: Contribution of private land to conservation
The other area of formal state conservation levels off from about 1970 onwards. There is a new trend of private ownership of conservation land. As can be seen from the graph, this is a rapidly increasing proportion of the conservation estate. A number of factors have led to this, one of which is changes in legislation, which effectively allows private landowners ownership of the wildlife on their land. A further factor has been the economics of cattle management. There are fairly strong arguments that cattle management has been artificially supported through a number of state subsidies. Without these subsidies, wildlife management in many instances is more economically viable.