………..More intensive farming of former high country land has been highly visible, especially the greening of the Mackenzie Basin, and has sparked public concerns. A paper co-authored by Brower in 2017 suggested laws were being ignored in the Mackenzie, with scant protection for important landscapes and threatened habitat going into private ownership.
Twelve students from Otago University got hands on with the Mackenzie Basin’s rare black stilts this week as part of an annual field trip with the Department of Conservation.
The New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) fully supports the
Department of Conservation in their operations to cull all tahr, as far as
possible, in the Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks.
It was claimed as a win but last week’s court decision on tahr control was mostly legal shots thumping harmlessly into a wall.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has revived a controversial review of management plans for Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
Forest & Bird is seeking a declaration from the High Court that an operational plan to control tahr is illegal, and fails to meet the requirements for national parks and wilderness areas. “Too many fragile alpine environments continue to be decimated by tahr, including in Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks,” says Forest & Bird West Coast and Canterbury Regional Manager Nicky Snoyink.
The Mackenzie Basin’s glacially carved landscapes need urgent protection, an environmental group says. This morning, the Environmental Defence Society releases a report – commissioned by government agencies Department of Conservation and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) – about landscape protection in the Basin/Te Manahuna.
New Zealand has more species at risk of extinction than any other country on the planet. More than 95 percent of our waterways in developed areas are heavily polluted. Thirteen out of fourteen native habitat types are getting smaller at the hands of our own activity.