August 10, 2008

Mid-Canterbury Park Supported

The Two Thumb Range Conservation Park in Mid-Canterbury should be open this year.

Department of Conservation community relations manager Cheryl Colley told a Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board meeting in Ashburton yesterday that several submitters to the park proposal would be heard in Christchurch on Monday.

The submitters did not oppose the proposal, and wanted to comment on management issues.

The conservation board said it supported the establishment of the park, which would include the Upper Rangitata River catchment, Mesopotamia, and the Upper Godley and Macaulay catchments, commonly referred to as the Two Thumb Range. The proposal also includes two separate areas, the Mount Dobson and Clayton conservation areas.

Colley said the Two Thumb park would be the fifth high- country park created through tenure review or land being bought by the Nature Heritage Fund.

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