Conservation supported by tourism
A key pillar of the Milford Opportunities Project is conservation and using funds raised by tourism to meet costs of improved conservation, access, infrastructure, operations and mana whenua aspirations. To achieve this the governance group is considering:
Tourism funding conservation
Charges could be applied to support a broad range of conservation and land management initiatives. These initiatives would likely include predator control, the reintroduction of native fauna (such as kakapo and tieke) following successful predator control, weed management, marine biosecurity surveillance, soil control, conservation research into key ecosystems and species, and mana whenua narration costs. Charges could also be used to support the visitor experience in areas such as infrastructure maintenance, visitor interpretation, visitor safety and emergency response.