During the Otago Conservation Board meeting, a plan for the better management of Mt Aspiring National Park has been approved. The plan is focused upon taking care of the park for at least ten years. It has been revealed that delay in the making a proper plan was caused by personnel changes in the Department of Conservation and resourcing.
The Mt Aspiring National Park was established in 1964, it is country’s third-largest national park. There are about 400 species of moths and butterflies found in the park. Furthermore, mostly all the landforms in the park have been formed by intense glaciations.
As the park has historical values, therefore it is necessary to make proper maintenance of it. It has been proposed that ‘quite spaces’ should be created so that people could enjoy in the park and could reminiscence the wildlife and peace. It has further been suggested that space for helicopter landing should also be made at a distance from the ‘quite spaces’.
Associate Professor, Abby Smith is of the opinion that the new plan will help DOC protect endangered species like the Haast kiwi. He said, "It's very exciting. It's taken a very long time and a lot of hard work".
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