Date: 19 March 2012
Private land owners or community groups carrying out conservation work on private land could be eligible for funding from the Biodiversity Funds. Applications for funding close with the DOC-administered fund at 3pm on 17 April 2012.
Two funds are available - an Advice Fund which pays for expert advice and methods of providing information. This could include ecological reports, management plans, field days, wananga, publications (including electronic material), training, workshops and seminars.
The Condition Fund supports projects such as restoration planting, fencing, weeding and pest control. The project should improve and maintain the condition of areas of indigenous vegetation, species and habitats.
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The Biodiversity Fund has helped the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust with habitat protection work
In Otago, successful applicants in the past have included the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Lake Waihola Waipori Wetlands Society for weed control, Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group for possum control, and numerous landowners for fencing off forest and estuary ecosystems.
The Biodiversity Fund is a government initiative to enhance management of indigenous biodiversity on private land. Applications are invited from private landowners and community groups.