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Southland peat bog protected in perpetuity

Twenty kilometres west of Gore, Jim, Rosalie and Anthony Copland protected three blocks of lowland forest, shrubland and peatland on their 2,100ha sheep and beef farm with a 51ha QEII open space covenant in February 2007.

Along with covenantors from throughout the region, the QEII directors visited the covenant in November 2007, celebrating the protection of over 5,000ha in Southland with QEII covenants in perpetuity.

QEII Board at Southland peat bog covenant. Photo supplied by Jim CoplandOn a walk through the covenant, Jim Copland discussed the high biodiversity and conservation values of the protected red tussock peatland with the QEII directors. Peat bogs were always uncommon in the Hokonui Ecological District. Of those remaining, few are formally protected.

From left: Yvonne Sharp, Jo Ritchie, Bernard Card, James Hunter, Jim Copland, Edward Ellison and Sir Brian Lochore.

Below: Sir Brian Lochore, QEII Chairperson, with Southland covenantors.

Southland peat bog covenant. Photo: Margaret McKee

Below: Southland covenantors enjoying a walk in the covenant which is integrated with the productive sheep and beef farm, producing an attractive rural landscape.

Southland peat bog covenant. Photo: Margaret McKee

Open SpaceTM Magazine No.72, March 2008 © QEII National Trust

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