Funding available for natural heritage

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LANDOWNERS looking to protect and improve the native biodiversity on their land have until September 30 to apply for funding.

Gisborne District Council provides $30,000 annually through its Natural Heritage Fund to assist private landowners to protect or enhance indigenous biodiversity on their land.

Any privately owned land within the Gisborne district is eligible for funding.

Eligible activities include permanent stock exclusion fencing (excluding maintenance of existing fences) for the purpose of allowing natural regeneration and purchasing locally-sourced native plants and trees.

Projects must show long-term commitment to enhancing biodiversity; at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project to come from an alternative source; and ongoing commitment to maintain the natural area including stock exclusion, plant and animal pest control.

Past successful applicants include Graham and Anne Maclaurin, who received funding to fence and plant around an existing two hectare area of remnant semi-coastal native forest on Waipura Station.The total land area to be protected as part of the project will be five ha, including a wetland area.

Pania and Eugene King also received funding to fence off and plant two wetland areas on Kiriroa Station at Motu.

The natural wetlands have had stock excluded and weeds removed including willows to restore the wetland ecosystem.

More information and an application form can be found on the council’s website.

LANDOWNERS looking to protect and improve the native biodiversity on their land have until September 30 to apply for funding.

Gisborne District Council provides $30,000 annually through its Natural Heritage Fund to assist private landowners to protect or enhance indigenous biodiversity on their land.

Any privately owned land within the Gisborne district is eligible for funding.

Eligible activities include permanent stock exclusion fencing (excluding maintenance of existing fences) for the purpose of allowing natural regeneration and purchasing locally-sourced native plants and trees.

Projects must show long-term commitment to enhancing biodiversity; at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project to come from an alternative source; and ongoing commitment to maintain the natural area including stock exclusion, plant and animal pest control.

Past successful applicants include Graham and Anne Maclaurin, who received funding to fence and plant around an existing two hectare area of remnant semi-coastal native forest on Waipura Station.The total land area to be protected as part of the project will be five ha, including a wetland area.

Pania and Eugene King also received funding to fence off and plant two wetland areas on Kiriroa Station at Motu.

The natural wetlands have had stock excluded and weeds removed including willows to restore the wetland ecosystem.

More information and an application form can be found on the council’s website.

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