Chat to the Otago Conservation Board

Otago Conservation Board members at work.

This afternoon the Otago Conservation Board is gathering at the Warbirds and Wheels Museum in Wānaka airport for a meeting and public forum.

The public forum is set to take place at 2.45pm in the museum’s education room.

The board gives advice to the Department of Conservation (DOC) on local conservation matters and carries out significant planning roles. A major role is overseeing the implementation of the Otago Conservation Management Strategy.

The boundaries of the board’s area of jurisdiction correspond roughly with those of the Otago region, but both Mount Aspiring National Park and the Catlins Conservation Park are wholly within the board’s district, even though parts of these parks are managed by DOC's West Coast and Southland regions, respectively. This ensures a single approach with regard to policy and planning for these parks.

Wānaka-based board members include Dave Vass, Bruce Jeffries and Donald Lousley. 

“Our board priorities include encouraging biodiversity outcomes, enhancing relationships with treaty partners and improving the protection of lands with conservation values,” said board chair Tara Druce. “The board will meet up to six times a year at various locations [...] A public forum session where members of the public can talk to the board on conservation issues is held during each meeting.”

Druce added, “We encourage and welcome members of the public to this forum and look forward to hearing public views on conservation issues in the Otago region. Any queries or questions feel free to contact [myself] on 021 2166543.”


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