Good to see Forest & Bird taking more of an interest in preserving forests, conservation land and rivers than the Regional Council are.
The Department of Conservation (DoC) has proposed exchanging 22 hectares of protected conservation land from Ruahine Forest Park in Hawke’s Bay for 170 hectares of farm land to make way for the proposed Ruataniwha Dam.
The conservation land is home to several threatened species.
Forest and Bird lawyer Sally Gepp said under law DoC does not have the power to swap protected conservation park land.
Justice Palmer said in the High Court decision he agreed with some of Forest and Bird’s submissions on the law but ruled the decision came within the broader conservation purpose of the legislation.
Ms Gepp said Forest and Bird has filed an appeal of that decision with the Court of Appeal. Read more »