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Backcountry boost

posted Sep 30, 2014, 9:29 PM by Robert Wopereis

New Zealand’s backcountry is to receive a $700,000 boost, as DOC delivers funds to help fix and build huts, tracks and bridges. The money will go to a group called NZ Outdoor Recreation Consortium, consisting of the Federated Mountain Clubs, the Deerstalkers’ Association and Trail Fund. Each of the groups will get $200,000 while another $100,000 will be spent on projects involving all three. The funds, which are part of DOC’s Community Conservation Partnership Fund (CCPF), mean trampers, hunters and cyclists will decide which jobs are top priority, rather than relying on DOC to decide. The money will be spent a number of ways, including flying volunteers and materials in and out of the backcountry or to pay for materials. The groups have yet to decide on exactly which projects the money will be spent.