The QE II National Trust which helps private landowners protect areas with high conservation values is under pressure:
About a tenth of New Zealand’s farming businesses are now protecting land under QEII covenants.
Chairman James Guild says that’s putting pressure on the limited funding which the trust has available to run the scheme and help with costs such as fencing.
He says the number of farmers and other rural landowners with sites of environmental, ecological or cultural significance already under covenant or approved, has doubled in the past 10 years to more than 4000.
Mr Guild says about 10% of farming businesses now have covenants in place which protect 120,000 hectares of land. . . .
The Trust is becoming a victim of its own success.
It has a very good name among farmers and QEII covenants are usually the preferred choice for landowners who want to protect special areas on their property without losing ownership or control.