DOC to protect more threatened species
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 2:23p.m.
A record 336 threatened native species will come under the Department of Conservation's protective wing this year.
Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says the species are being helped by the natural heritage management system (NHMS), a long-term initiative which should see native flora and fauna managed more effectively.
She says the number of actively managed species has been increased by 35 percent since National took office in 2008.
"This is great news in the battle to protect New Zealand's unique biodiversity for future generations," she said.
"These programmes include efforts to bring species such as kiwi, takahe, kakapo and tuatara back from the brink - but also include a number of lesser known but equally important threatened species."
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23/09/2012 6:44:45 a.m.
In regard to Richards comment-Doc try to do their best to protect as much flora and fauna as possible. Funding to this Department is getting cut each year, yet their work load seems to increase. Hunting is a great pass time and a cheap source of meat and income for possum fur. I believe that hunting and biodiversity protection can co-exsist. Introduced mammals impact on our native and endemic species and need to be dealt to on a large scale on occassion. I suggest those who dislike 1080 because they watched a youtube clip may need to dig a little deeper i.e. two sides to the coin. Journals like http://www.nzes.org.nz/nzje/free_issues/NZJEcol27_2_125.pdf and many others may be useful in forming a less emotional and vested decision on this topic.
20/09/2012 5:47:18 a.m.
What a joke - DoC are killing thousands of animals every year and poisoning our environment by spreading thousands of tons of 1080 poison over our forests, streams and waterways.
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