Molesworth Station Future

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Fri 12/Jan/18 10:23am

Have your say about the future of Molesworth Station!

Molesworth is an iconic high-country station. It is owned by the public of New Zealand and managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) on your behalf.

Molesworth has many values, including heritage, conservation, cultural and recreation.

Molesworth Station became a recreation reserve in 2005. It is currently managed as a working high-country station through a farming lease and grazing licence to Landcorp.

The Department wants your thoughts on the following:

· How Molesworth is currently managed

· How you think the range of values on Molesworth should be managed into the future

· Future opportunities or improvements to the way Molesworth is managed

A management plan for Molesworth was approved in 2013. Its intention was to transition Molesworth from its traditional focus on farming to include more recreation and conservation activities. The current management plan has restrictions on public access so that farming requirements may be met. Recreational activity may also require managing, to protect conservation goals for natural, cultural and historic reasons, and the recreational experience of other users.

Looking to the future, DOC sees potential in working collaboratively with others on landscape-scale restoration in Molesworth. Molesworth is a biodiversity hotspot for a wide range of dryland animal and plant species . It also faces challenges from pests and significant weed problems such as wilding conifers.

This survey is part of our consultation with the public about the future of Molesworth, prior to the expiry of the current farming lease in 2020. This consultation is required by the current management plan for Molesworth Station, which recognises that people are interested in better access and more recreational opportunities on Molesworth than are currently provided for in the plan.

Please let us know how you would like Molesworth managed for future generations to enjoy and experience.

Your responses to this survey and comments will be considered by DOC and a summary of feedback will be put on DOC's website.
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Re: Molesworth Station Future

Postby Claude on Fri 12/Jan/18 4:00pm

Done. and coincidentally plan on riding (weather permitting) tomorrow from Hanmer to do the Jollies-Clarence River-Jacks Pass loop, so touching on the edge of the Molesworth.
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