Conservation projects boost

Five Otago and Southland conservation projects have been awarded more than $300,000 in the second year of an annual government fund, Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner announced yesterday.

Ms Wagner announced last week a further $334,000 was awarded to Otago Peninsula groups out of the Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF).

Of the $310,000, the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust will have $100,000 to boost native wildlife in the Wakatipu basin by ''partnering with the community to increase conservation volunteerism and awareness''.

The Kids Restore the Kepler project will receive $66,000 to integrate pest control and other conservation efforts into existing educational programmes.

The Matukituki Catchment Animal Pest Project will get $50,000 for pest control projects.

And Growing our Galaxiids and the Pomona Island Charitable Trust will receive $47,000 apiece for protection of the galaxiid and pest eradication on Pomona Island, respectively.


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