This discussion paper outlined options for the future management of St James Conservation Area in the short and medium term (1-3 years).
Outcome - an operational plan for St James
As a result of this consultation process, a new operational plan for St James Conservation Area has been produced.
The plan’s vision is to protect the natural and historic values in the St James while allowing for appropriate public and commercial use, and recognises the area’s potential to make a valuable contribution to the conservation economy.
The Government purchased the 78,196 ha St James Station (St James) as public conservation land on 8 October 2008. The purchase includes Crown riverbeds and legal roads within the station, and the status of these will change accordingly.
Because of the speed at which this property was purchased, further investigation and consultation is required in order to better identify the existing values and to discuss the future management of the property.
St James Conservation Area
Looking ahead 1-3 years
The discussion paper seperately identifies some of the short-term and medium-term issues. Short-term management goals need to resolved and implemented within the next year; medium-term refers to planning for the next three years.
The paper identifies some recreation and commercial activities already taking place there. The discussion paper also covers proposals for new activities in St James and asks several questions surrounding managing these activities. These include, but are not limited to, horse-trekking, mountain-biking, 4WD access, aircraft access, commercial activities and weed control.
The department has already recieved concession applications to undertake some of these activities and must make decisions on them in the next few months.
We have been seeking public feedback and discussion on these options and ideas.
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St James Conservation Area - a discussion paper on its future management
Other relevant documents
Other consultation papers that should be read in conjunction with this paper include the Canterbury draft guidelines for aircraft access and the draft 'places' section of the CMS (Conservation Management Strategy). Please send comments on the aircraft-access guidelines and CMS chapter 2.7 to email@example.com
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