Its a Saturday morning, the first day of December, and before your editors had time to read their morning newspaper, a press statement arrived by email with news of another bundle of taxpayers’ money being earmarked for distribution to eligible applicants.
The statement from the office of Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage proudly put the sum right up front:
$8 million available for community conservation projects
This money will be sitting in the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund, set up on the Key Government’s watch in 2014 to support community-led conservation projects on public and private land.
Funds are directed towards practical projects aimed at conserving New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity. This includes initiatives focused on restoring natural habitats and populations of our native species. Continue reading “The Trough Monitor: $8m for community conservation projects”