The Foundation has played a vital role, bringing together leading experts and interests in the Australian Conservation movement. The Foundation's board of directors is a who's who of luminaries in Australia's growing awareness of the importance and place of conservation and preservation. They include Thistle Stead, Allen Strom [NSW first Chief Guardian of Fauna], Vincent Serventy, Ivor Wyatt and many more national and local advocates. They also represent the close ties between the Foundation, Wildlife Preservation Society and National Trust [NSW], organisations that are linked by the progressive work and support of David G. Stead.
Wirrimbirra is significant for its role in the development of the conservation movement in NSW; its association with key persons who pioneered the conservation debate; as a natural area with a rich and diverse flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species; as a recreation and social area; as a historic site containing relics and cultural items, as well as being associated with the pioneering expeditions to the Southern Highlands; as an area containing extensive plantings of native plants including rare and endangered species, and as an area which encouraged investigations into the growing and propagation of native plants. (Tait,1997)