The Country - Progress in high country issues: DOC

Progress is being made collectively to address the challenges in the high country, Department of Conservation partnerships manager Jeremy Severinsen says.

His comments followed a scathing attack on DOC by retired high country farmer Tim Scurr, now living in Wanaka, who said the high country had to be restored and replanted urgently.

Mr Scurr said he had grown up admiring the mountain tops of the high country "and all that they provide", particularly water.

But management of those mountain tops had "fallen into the wrong people's hands".  They did not understand a balance of what was needed for sustainable land. Snow tussock held snow back, shading and protecting, keeping the snow as long into the summer dry as conditions allowed, Mr Scurr said.

The low flow of rivers, dams, lakes, bores and springs were all subject to poorly managed high country of the Southern Alps, he said.

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