It will likely take "months rather than weeks" for the Department of Conservation to advise its decision on the contentious proposal by Milford Dart Ltd (MDL) to construct a tunnel through two national parks linking Glenorchy and the Milford road.
Motorists are being warned to take extra care on the Milford road, especially at night in forested areas, after at least 12 native birds were killed by vehicles during the recent summer season.
An online petition started by a Glenorchy woman opposed to the Department of Conservation granting a concession to Milford Dart Ltd for its $150 million, 11.3km tunnel, has more than 1000 signatures - just two days after it was started.
The Department of Conservation has confirmed a new national pricing system for paid campsites and Great Walk huts, and as a result changed the charging method at four campsites in the Otago region.
Emotions ran high during the first day of a scheduled five-day hearing into the proposed Milford Dart Passage in Queenstown yesterday, with one Glenorchy resident crying as she read her submission.
Autopsy results show some of the 60 endangered native black-billed gulls found dead near Roxburgh had broken necks, though the Department of Conservation (Doc) says it may not have been malicious.
An animated film clip is the latest tool conservation groups are using to urge people to support campaigns seeking greater protection for New Zealand sea lions.
The owner of Glen Dene Station faces a hefty bill from the Department of Conservation to cover the cost of fighting a 30ha blaze on reserve land near Lake Hawea last September, which was caused by a permitted burn on its property which escaped.
Three areas of public conservation land, including an early moa-hunting site, have been created from 6500ha acquired by the Department of Conservation (Doc).
The shooting of a young New Zealand sea lion - a species as threatened as the African elephant or the kakapo - has shocked and dismayed those who work to ensure its survival.
More than 1000 submissions on the $150 million Milford Dart Tunnel had been received by the Department of Conservation (Doc) by noon yesterday, five hours before submissions closed.
The Department of Conservation's intention forms, designed for those heading into the outdoors to log their plans, is being replaced by an online system, which puts the onus on individual "trusted contacts", instead of the department.
Fish and Game Otago is keen for contractors to take gravel from consolidated sites, including through quarrying, rather than continuing the "contentious" practice of removing it from Otago rivers.
The Department of Conservation has received 356 submissions on the controversial Milford Dart Tunnel proposal to date, with submissions closing on Monday.
It seems inconceivable South Westland's rugged, remote, boulder-piled beaches should be polluted by plastic. But at the foot of most driftwood mountains, there's a drink bottle, a sea-battered fishing float, or a tangle of ropes and nets. Marjorie Cook reports.
Otago Daily Times reporter Marjorie Cook travels South Westland with a team cleaning plastic debris from remote beaches.
The Department of Conservation has lifted the high alert for the Young Valley after rainstorm forecast for the Mt Aspiring National Park on Tuesday night was less intense than expected.
Owners of baches built on public land will have to open up their homes for other holidaymakers and allow their gardens to be used as campgrounds under new Department of Conservation rules.
Intense rain predictions for today and tomorrow have caused the Department of Conservation to issue a "high alert" warning for the Young Valley landslip dam in the Mt Aspiring National Park.
Rural firefighting techniques are being shared by visiting American firefighters and their counterparts in the Department of Conservation (Doc) this week.