A discussion of the planning criteria for considering additions to the national park system, with special reference to three potential additions to Urewera National Park
There is a need for considerable boundary rationalisation around the Urewera National Park. In the south-west corner of this National Park, there are three proposed additions: (i) the headwaters of the Waiau River, within Whirinaki State Forest (S.F. 58); (ii) the Maungataniwha Development Company block; and; (iii) the Heruiwi block (unoccupied Crown land) . On the basis of available information and my own field work, this study shows these areas to have high value in terms of protecting the ecosystem already within the Park as well as adding new areas of value to the Park; e.g., providing improved access, scientific values, recreational values, and landscapes of high scenic quality. The selection criteria used to consider additions to National Parks and the selection of new Parks are very flexible. This flexibility is necessary to accommodate the changing issues involved in National Park management and biological conservation. The selection criteria also reflect the importance of established National Parks for biological conservation and the representation of natural systems. The selection criteria have been applied to a large number of areas in studies carried out by the National Parks Authority and private interest groups. Many of these studies have recommended National Park status and have stressed the biological conservation values of the areas concerned. Few of the recommended areas have received National Park status. There are a range of other land use designations available or proposed for conservation and/or preservation purposes. National Parks should be considered as a part of a systematic program of biological conservation and representation.... [Show full abstract]
Keywordsnational parks; Urewera National Park; selection criteria; national park management; conservation; land use; national park status
Fields of Research050205 Environmental Management
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