The Department of Conservation is calling for public submissions over a proposal to revoke part of Ruahine Conservation Park. This is to enable a land exchange application to be considered for the proposed Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.
As part of the scheme, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company has applied to exchange 146 hectares of private land containing regenerating native shrub lands, intact beech forest and grassland, for 22 hectares of the Ruahine Forest Conservation Park.
Before the proposed land exchange can take place, the conservation park status of the 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Conservation Park involved must be revoked.
The public is being invited to make written submissions or objections on the proposed revocation of conservation park by 3 March 2015. Comments may also be received on the land exchange proposal.
If required, a public hearing will also be held into the proposal in March 2015.
Final decisions on the proposal will be made after the submission process is completed.
Information about how to make a submission along with details of the proposed revocation site, the exchange and the conservation values of the land involved can be found on DOC’s website: www.doc.govt.nz/ruahine-status