Date: 29 July 2009
The Department of Conservation is seeking feedback on the future management of St James Conservation Area by 14 September.
A discussion paper has been put together that outlines future use options for the area over the next 12 months to three years.
Canterbury Conservator, Mike Cuddihy said;
“Thanks to everyone who has commented on this subject so far, we have been listening. This is your land, this is your chance to have a say on its future.”
St James Station was purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund in October 2008.
“The addition of St James Station to public conservation land happened rather quickly,” says Mr Cuddihy.
“We have taken a cautious approach to its management in order to give the department and the public time to get to know the area and consider what it has to offer.”
“Since the purchase we have received lots of information and ideas from the public and national stakeholders. We have considered these ideas and now present them back to the public, in this document, for further feedback,” he said.
“DOC has a delicate balance to maintain in managing this land on behalf of the public. We have an exciting opportunity to consider a wider vision for St James that provides the best possible outcome for conservation, recreation, tourism and the economy. We are hoping that the public can help us to achieve this.”
Also being released today for public comment is the ‘Draft Guidelines for Aircraft Access - Canterbury Conservancy’. This tool introduces a spectrum of aircraft use, from ‘restricted’ to ‘frequent’ zones and has been applied to lands within St James Conservation Area.
“The zones we recommend for St James are one example of how this approach could guide our management of conservation land. We would like public feedback on a proposal to put a restricted zone over the Spenser Mountains, north from Mt Una and east from Fowlers Pass to the Clarence River,” said Mr Cuddihy.