Progress underway for Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Management Plan

Implementation of the newly developed Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Management Plan is another step further along, following the adoption of the Terms of Reference for a recently established working group.

Ashburton District Council’s Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Working Group will meet at least three times a year to set priorities for the Management Plan, as well as approve detailed work plans to establish estimated expenses.

Members of the Working Group, Councillors Mark Malcolm (Chair), Liz McMillan and Selwyn Price will work with the Ashburton Biodiversity Working Group, Department of Conservation, Iwi and the Lake Clearwater Hutholders Association to implement the plan.

Council Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says the Landscape Management Plan aims to preserve the natural landscape of the area around the two lakes, while also providing shelter and shade for visitors.

“The plan was developed with community input to ensure a range of concerns were heard and that the best course of action was established.

“One of its main priorities is the control of wilding conifers, which are a big threat to the areas’ biodiversity, and also restoring existing native high country vegetation. The Ashburton Lakes are a popular site for a variety of recreational activities and they offer spectacular natural qualities that should be protected for generations to come. That is what makes this Landscape Management Plan so important.”

Council established a working group to oversee the implementation of the plan at its last Service Delivery Committee meeting in October. The purpose and scope of the group, as well as the identification of key stakeholders was adopted by the Committee today.

A number of wilding conifer trees have already been cut down around Lake Camp, and the logs will be used to border the proposed new planting areas detailed in the plan. 

The Lakes Camp and Clearwater Landscape Management Plan was developed in September 2017 by Ines Stager of Lucas Associates Geraldine Ltd., and is set to be implemented over a 10 year period.

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