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Introduction

The outcome statements in the 'place' section of a conservation management strategy bring together the guiding management and use of our places.

Defining places

There is no hard and fast rule about which places should be in a  conservation management strategy (CMS). That is up to the community, tangata whenua, DOC and conservation board to decide. We are likely to have an initial attempt at identifying those important places in your community and then ask for your feedback and direction. Not every part of the region needs to be in a place.

The 'place' section is the key focus of any CMS. This section brings together the integrated management of natural, recreational, historical and cultural outcomes for any given place. If there are conflicts between these, the resolution for managing them will be made clear in this section of the CMS.

Defining outcome statements

Each 'place' section of the CMS will contain an outcome statement. This statement uses words to describe what the place will be like in the next 10 years or more. It is important to be clear about this, as these statements will guide decisions about how we and others will manage and use public conservation resources in these places over the next 10 years.

Examples of outcome statements

Here are some examples of what outcome statements for two imaginary places could look like.

Special Island: outcome statement example

Special Island is a valued community treasure for Aucklanders. The island provides a sanctuary for rare and threatened indigenous species in a well-established, regenerating forest environment. Abundant populations of threatened species provide opportunities to establish new populations elsewhere. Risks to biosecurity are well managed. Key conservation initiatives are undertaken and managed by community groups, who are achieving long-term habitat restoration, and providing and managing facilities, interpretation and guided walking opportunities for visitors.

As an icon visitor destination, visitors will be rewarded with the experience of seeing some of New Zealand’s most endangered birds in the wild while walking on the tracks. Visitors are managed at point of entry and through guided walking opportunities so that the island’s natural, historical and cultural values are protected, and the quality of the visitor experience is maintained. 

Visitors choose between independent exploration of the track system or joining a guided day or evening walking party. Low-key, eco-friendly visitor facilities enable overnight visitors to enjoy the unique sound of the dawn chorus. These facilities also support opportunities for scientific research, education and volunteer activities, and are clustered together.

The nationally significant lighthouse settlement complex is protected in conjunction with Maritime New Zealand. Interpretation of these sites facilitates exploration by visitors. DOC continues to work with tangata whenua in its management of the island and coordinates management of the historic pā sites. 

This tells us that the community truly values the biodiversity on the island and articulates which values they want to maintain, while we focus on providing a nationally important visitor destination that is carefully managed. There are opportunities for commercial interests, though there are constraints around this. Regardless of what activity occurs on the island, the historic integrity of the lighthouse settlement must be protected.

Mountain Range Catchment: outcome statement example

Mountain Range is valued by the Bay of Plenty and Waikato communities as a scenic landscape with continuous forest cover that provides a wide range of ecosystem services, including flood protection and the supply of high-quality water to the surrounding communities. The skyline ridge is unmodified by man-made features. Mountain Range had a history of exploitation and extractive industry, but is now a place of recreation and appreciation of historical and natural values.

The icon visitor destination of Historic Gorge is where sympathetically designed facilities enable day visitors to be immersed in the rich mining history in a natural setting. It is an important entrance to the Mountain Range Heritage Trail. Visitors to Sloping Valley enjoy an easy introductory family overnight walk where visitors learn about the logging history of the area.

Guided cycling opportunities at the Mountain Range Loop Track offer a great experience within the physical capabilities of the track whilst ensuring the safety for all track users. Recreational cycling opportunities do not occur on this track. The Historic Gorge link track is an important local access point to High Mountain and the Mountain Range Heritage Trail for day walkers, trampers and hunters. Happy Road End continues to be the only DOC-managed access point to the central part of Mountain Range. The central zone provides for backcountry, non-motorised recreation opportunities, including hunting and mountain biking.

The community, with the support of other agencies, is actively involved in the restoration of ecosystems, particularly the biodiversity values of the Foggy Plateau as a habitat for kōkako. DOC continues to work with tangata whenua in its management of Mountain Range and culturally significant sites within it. All known heritage sites are safe for visitors and protected from unavoidable degradation. Those alongside the Mountain Range Heritage Trail are actively conserved and provide high-quality interpretation. 

The scenic and ecosystem values are what make this place special. It has a long history of use that is reflected in the way this place will be managed into the future. It is not a place where biodiversity values differentiate it from other natural places, though there are some special spots within these mountains. Visitors are encouraged primarily to go to the northern part of the mountains, with limited facilities provided elsewhere.

How to develop an outcome for a place

You may be asked to join a team to develop outcomes for places or to provide individual input. Be prepared by thinking about the following:

  • where do you go?
  • why do you go to these places?
  • what do you want to do at these places in the future?
  • what do you value about these places now and into the future?
  • what might change the things you value about these places?

Where elaboration is required, policies may be included in the 'place' sections. Their intent is to explain further what the outcome is to achieve – not to repeat the content of the outcome statement.

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