Whether it’s marine reserves, mountain biking, national parks or any other conservation issue that winds you up – now’s your chance to have some influence.
Everyone with an interest in Northland’s natural, cultural and historic heritage is being urged to participate in an intensive round of public engagement on conservation management throughout the region.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is reviewing the Northland Conservation Management Strategy and seeking public input on proposals for a Kauri National Park.
Spokesperson Sioux Campbell says this is a critical opportunity for anyone who cares about conservation in Northland to help make a difference.
“Public conservation land and our native plants and animals belong to all New Zealanders, not DOC. The Department only manages them on the public’s behalf. The Conservation Management Strategy is the plan for the next decade on how these assets are cared for, so it’s really important for people to tell us what they want.”
The Kauri National Park discussion document has also recently been released, with wide public input being sought.
“None of this is about DOC. It’s about public views, feelings, experiences and values. We know many people have very strong views on how things should be done to best look after the places that matter to them. This is the time to say so and have that captured in a statutory document,” Mrs Campbell says.
Public workshops, drop-in opportunities, surveys and discussions are being held around Northland over the next month. Anyone interested can contact their nearest DOC office or check this website for more information and the engagement schedule.