High Value Area (HVA) Surveys – A Work in Progress
In May and June this year, thirteen rapid ecological assessments of HVAs were conducted on nine private properties in the Waituna, Mataura and Longwoods districts. This assessment system has been developed by Environment Southland staff based on current best-practise ecological survey methods. The survey is undertaken by an independent contractor, who then compiles a report for each site, which provides factual and reliable information about the natural and ecological values present. They also present a range of management options for the natural areas to ensure they are there for future generations to enjoy. These reports are given to the landowner and have been very well received for those done to date. Funding to continue and expand the HVA programme for the next three years has been granted by the Biodiversity Advice Fund.
Posted on: Thursday, 24 September 2009