The Nature Heritage Fund purchases land to protect vulnerable ecosystems

Funding committee members sought

by Mike Isle

The Minister of Conservation is seeking nominations for the Nature Heritage Fund committee.

The Nature Heritage Fund purchases private land with indigenous ecosystems with a view to protecting those systems. The funding committee, which sits twice a year, assesses which properties fulfil the purchase criteria and makes recommendations to the minister.

The fund’s scope includes all indigenous terrestrial ecosystems that in their local or national context are considered important ecologically. It includes indigenous forests, wetlands, tussock lands and coastal ecosystems on private land.

There are several such properties in Selwyn.

The executive director of the fund Rick McGovern-Wilson said the fund had six committee members, each serving on the committee for three years.

There are currently two vacancies.

McGovern-Wilson said serving on the committee would suit somebody with a love and deep appreciation of the land.

He said the minister is seeking nominations for people who collectively have knowledge and experience relating to land tenure, knowledge of landscape planning and land systems, biodiversity and geodiversity, land management, funding mechanisms and sources, farming generally, forestry, kaitiakitanga and nature conservation. Written nominations can be made by any person or organisation. Information and nomination forms can be obtained at nhf.govt.nz, from any Department of Conservation Office or from Rick McGovern-Wilson via email rmcgovern@doc.govt.nz or phone 027 200 5716.

Closing date for nominations is Monday, July 8 2019 at 5pm.