Farmers and private landowners are an extremely important piece of the puzzle if the goals of the Biodiversity Strategy are to be met. After all, along with the gorges and water courses of the back country, many remnants that escaped pre-European fires and the bushman’s axe are in their ownership. While the spotlight, in some cases quite deservedly, has recently been put on some farm environmental practises, many people have been excellent stewards of their land for a long time.
The number of QEII National Trust covenants and total hectares protected in Hawke’s Bay are testament to this.
The current and next generations are well aware of how important good environmental stewardship will be in an ever-discerning consumer market. Taking advantage of being part of this Biodiversity Strategy will be an essential part of any future strategic farm planning.
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