DOC wants to know what we think

The Department of Conservation is inviting public input into its review of its management strategies for conservation in Otago and Southland.

The opportunity to tell DOC what we think and have a say in its strategies happens only once every 10 years.

If you want to have your say the Otago Conservancy values survey is here and the Southland one is here.

They say:

In this survey you will have the opportunity to identify the places you value in this region. By identifying these values, you are providing important information to help the Department of Conservation develop a new conservation management strategy (CMS) for the region.

A CMS provides direction for the management of public conservation land and waters, and species for which the Department of Conservation has responsibility.

It says the survey will take about 20 minutes, I haven’t tried to do it yet.

6 Responses to DOC wants to know what we think

  1. robertguyton says:

    Let’s ask them about Lake Ellesmere and the renewal of the farmers lease to graze DOC land beside the lake where it ought to have been extinguished. Perhaps they’ll know why David Carter stepped in and made a decision that should have been theirs.


  2. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Don’t feed the troll.


  3. robertguyton says:

    Adolf is warning of a troll!
    Keep a wary eye out everyone!!


  4. gravedodger says:

    Tell me please where the Lake Ellesmere you refer to is robert, I am not familiar with all the lakes of the two conservancy districts referred to above in the post by our host.


  5. homepaddock says:

    GD – that thought crossed my mind too. I know the earth has been moving in Canterbury but I don’t think you’ve lost any significant bodies of water to Otago and Southland.


  6. robertguyton says:

    There are many lakes in New Zealand that share a common name. Lake Rotoiti is a well known example. Green Lake is another. The Lake Ellesmere I’m refering to is the smaller of the two lakes that share that name and lies across the border of the Southland and Otago conservancies just north of Waiweka. It’s a lake that has been all but ruined as a result of farming practices in the small valley and was to have been the site of a lignite mine, named Brownlee Hole, up until the time when public pressure put pay to Key’s plans to mine anything that lay more than 10 centimetres below the surface of New Zealand’s topsoil. DOC staff had formed a human barrier in order to turn back the bulldozers sent in by National to ‘scope the project’ (“It’s just information gathering,” Key assured the worried locals, “Nothing to concern yourselves about. See how relaxed I am.” Despite their desperate pleas to National to leave the already damaged lake alone so that it might recover from the years of abuse, the DOC personel were taken from behind by David Carter and Kate Wilkinson with a classic plutocratic pincer movement favoured by Tory ministers down through the ages. The fate of the lake, of course, is now sealed and John Key has gone onto Good Morning to trumpet this as another aspirational solution to our GARGANTUAN DEBT CRISIS.

    DOC want to know what we think

    I’m certain DOC staff and management in both the Southland and Otago conservancies have a keen interest in what’s happening in Canterbury, especially where it seems their decision making responsibilities are being usurped and interfered with by government ministers. If they are not interested, I’ll do what I can to stimulate some.


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