The conservation covenant
After the Tasmanian Land Conservancy had bought Rubicon in 2004, they registered a conservation covenant on the title under the Nature Conservation Act 2002. The covenant set out the legal restrictions on activities on the land.
An accompanying Nature Conservation Plan describes how the land should be managed. The Nature Conservation Plan was updated in 2007 and 2014 to reflect our current knowledge and management priorities.
Under the conservation covenant, Rubicon is classified as a “Protected area on Private Land” assigned to Category IV of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). “Category IV protected areas aim to protect particular species or habitats and management reflects this priority. Many Category IV protected areas will need regular, active interventions to address the requirements of particular species or to maintain habitats, but this is not a requirement of the category..”
This classification means that Rubicon is part of the National Reserve System alongside State and National Parks.