Opening up the Conservation estate a great idea!
5 June 2012
DoC in its Statement of Intent 2012-17 is showing signs of pragmatism in a tightened economic environment. Its priority is to: "Increase business opportunities on public conservation land, and revenue generation opportunities that are consistent with conservation values."
UnitedFuture welcomes this move which falls squarely in line with its policy that :"The Department of Conservation should be responsive to the interests of all stakeholders when administering the conservation estate – including outdoor recreation groups, environmental organisations, the business sector, and individual New Zealanders in general."
This is a real opportunity to get hunters, fishermen and other outdoors lovers into a dialogue with DoC over this period to see how the vast conservation estate can start to be more accessible and utilised by as many New Zealanders who wish to be in the outdoors for their recreation.