Local conservation projects were well underway when the successful applicants of the Community Conservation Partnership Fund were announced recently. Such is the enthusiasm and commitment from these groups.
In Hawke’s Bay six groups were successful in gaining funds worth over $250,000. All six groups have a history of conservation projects and this funding will allow them to gain momentum and continue their great work.
“More than $8.5 million has been granted nationwide to support more than 100 community-based conservation groups to work on conservation projects alongside the Department of Conservation”, Conservation Partnership Manager, Joyce-Anne Raihania said. "Local DOC staff are keen to get involved and assist where they can too".
Recently, a planting day was held on Philip Holt’s farm, Maraetara. That same weekend, the Clifton Country Cricket Club continued their planting at Te Awanga. Both groups were happy to get their plants in the ground before it gets too warm.
Last month, the Whangawehi Catchment Management Group near Mahia had their first planting day and is set to have their next one very soon. At the end of this season they will have put 11,000 plants in the ground, covering 4.5 ha.
Practical, on-the-ground conservation projects across the country have been funded, ranging from groups looking after rare birds such as kiwi and kea, to clubs helping to renovate and maintain backcountry huts and community initiatives to restore local wetlands and wildlife.
It is the largest funding round that the Department has experienced, receiving more than 280 applications for projects seeking more than $50 million.
DOC will be working with unsuccessful applicants to help them achieve their conservation goals, either through helping them to strengthen their applications for next year’s funding round, or to seek alternative sources of funding.
The six groups in Hawke’s Bay are:
- Maraetotara River Restoration project undertaken by the Maraetotara Tree Trust
- Lindsay Bush Restoration undertaken by the Forest & Bird, Central Hawke's Bay Branch
- CCCC Restoration Project undertaken by Clifton County Cricket Club Inc
- Planting Project undertaken by Maraetara Farming Company Ltd
- Schools Outdoors Hawke's Bay undertaken by Environment Conservation and Outdoor Education Trust (ECOED)
- Whangawehi Restoration Project undertaken by Whangawehi Catchment Management Group
The fund, announced in March 2014, has approximately $26 million dollars set aside to distribute to community groups for priority conservation work over the next four years.