DOC is reviewing huts and tracks – taking a closer look

DOC budget cuts, and the need to protect biodiversity such as kauri, kokako and frogs, are threatening back country recreation and access.

DOC is currently undertaking a review of its 985 backcountry huts and wants to know who is using them in order to justify maintaining them.  The key to ensuring their future is letting DOC know how valued they are as a means of accessing the New Zealand back and high country.   DOC is always looking for ways to trim its budget so if we want to preserve this wonderful aspect of New Zealand life we do need to speak up now.

How we balance the competing demands of recreational users and the need to preserve biodiversity will be debated at a Federation of Mountain Clubs workshop at Waitawheta Camp, at the northern end of the Kaimai Range, on Saturday 28 May.  50% of New Zealand’s population lives north of Lake Taupo – how will they still be able to enjoy access to our great outdoors?  Join in the debate and find out more here.

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