Twigs and Tweets twitty idea

Federated Farmers didn’t go so far as to call Forest and Bird’s suggestion that the government created a dryland bird park in the Mackenzie basin twitty, they had a much better idea.

Feds has invited F&B to go onto the open market and buy land for the park itself

I’m taken aback by how misinformed Forest & Bird seem to be about High Country farming, conservation and tenure,” says Graham Reed, Federated Farmers High Country chairperson.

“By 2008, High Country farmers had voluntarily protected over 13,000 hectares in 42 QEII National Trust covenants around Central Otago, Waitaki, Queenstown-Lakes and the Mackenzie.

“I’m reliably told that Black Stilts are actually thriving with irrigation. Even if we put together all the irrigation we have or is planned, this comprises less than five percent of the Mackenzie.

“The landscape is already modified after 150 years of grazing. Without livestock, Forest & Bird won’t end up with a drylands park, but a park for rabbits, hieracium and wilding conifers.

“Yet I doubt many farmers would have an issue with Forest & Bird if it raised money from its supporters to buy High Country farms on the open market. Except Forest & Bird’s advocacy people expect the taxpayer and the State to do its bidding for it.

As many a farmer has discovered, buying the land is only the start of the expense and at least they have income to offset the expenditure.

We already have about half the South Island in conservation land and can’t afford to look after that properly. Even if the economy was in much better shape it would be reckless to add the expense of buying and maintaining yet more conservation land to the national accounts.

Instead of looking to the state, Forest and Bird should look to their own resources and work with landowners to protect habitats for birds.

4 Responses to Twigs and Tweets twitty idea

  1. Gravedodger says:

    Of course the reality HP and Stumpy so accurately advocate for would be completely submerged in the political advocacy that NGOs such as F & B revel in, paid for by any body but themselves and not even attempting to understand what you are saying. It is so much easier to just raise hollow dragons and other assorted scare tactics based on a nefarious semi intellectual or populist agenda. Of course so much more believable if they can gather a few world famous (in their own mind) “celebrities” or maybe an academic (from a completely separate discipline) to add their largely media generated weight to the cause.
    Interesting thoughts on the Black Stilt and Irrigation, that is new to me as opposed to the rabbits, briar, hiraecium and other unintended consequences of human impacts on the landscape.


  2. robertguyton says:

    That’s right!
    The use of ‘bird’ in their name is simply a trick used by them to lever money from the State for some other nefarious purpose they have. How could we believe for one moment that they care for our native flora either – they’ve given that game away by using the word ‘forest’ in their cunningly misleading title.


  3. Fredinthegrass says:

    I have retired from active farming, and sold our forestry block that we planted to offset our management style. I always maintained that if we looked after the land it would take care of us.
    I joined Forest and Bird to bring, along with others, a broader perspective to an organisation that was in danger of being hijacked by extremists.
    This year I lead a tour of Forest and Birders to the McKenzie through to Central Otago. We listened to locals, F & B enthusiasts, Doc people, and farmers. We were not being reported so everyone opened up with out fair of being misreported.
    The overall theme was the need to keep up the dialogue, recognise that most of our differing goals were actually not that far apart, and accept there is definitely no perfect answer.
    Other factors to emerge were the incredible effort being put in by the farming community towards long term sustainabilty, and the concern from individual Doc people at the direction the Department is taking.
    Your comment Hp on misinformation is sadly very accurate.
    In many instances it appeared the adage “don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story” was holding back progress.


  4. homepaddock says:

    Fred, very good idea to join an organisation like this. Someone I know joined the SPCA for similar reasons.

    “The overall theme was the need to keep up the dialogue, recognise that most of our differing goals were actually not that far apart, and accept there is definitely no perfect answer.”

    This applies to most issues.


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