It is clear that Fiordland Tourism operators understand the importance of protecting the unique environment they operate in by supporting the Department of Conservation in a number of projects.
Fiordland Conservation Trust
A community-driven initiative supporting a wide range of conservation projects in Fiordland and Southland. It has been established to provide independent funding and resources to further protect the natural treasures (taonga) of southern New Zealand. Fiordland Conservation Trust works with - Kids Restore NZ, Pomona Island Charitable Trust project, Southern Discoveries, Chalky Digits clothing company, Ecotours, Fiordland Cinema, Fiordland Ecology Holidays and Peregrine Wines, to name just a few. For more information http://www.fiordlandconservationtrust.org.nz/
Kids Restore the Kepler
Part of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust, has formed a significant partnership with the Fiordland Conservation Trust.
‘Kids Restore the Kepler’ is a major conservation project which has two main objectives:
1. Eradicate pests and ensure the return of endemic species to the Kepler area Fiordland College 'Kids Restore The Kepler'
2. Help young people develop leadership through involvement with environmental issues. For more information http://www.fiordlandconservationtrust.org.nz/projects/project05-kepler1.htm
Buy A Box - Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park
Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park owners, Jill and Clint Tauri, have initiated a local environmental campaign called 'Buy a Box’.
'Buy a Box' allows guests, or anyone interested in helping to protect Fiordland’s wildlife, to purchase a trap. This is then placed in the Doon area of Fiordland National Park and on Lake Te Anau’s western shores bordering the Special Takahē Area. For More information see http://www.teanauholidaypark.co.nz/teanau/AdoptaTree
Fiordland Explorer Charters Stoat Trapping Project
This is a pest control programme in the Wilmot Pass area of Fiordland National Park.
The project aims to restore the bird life in the area. Trapping will also help protect the predator-free islands in Doubtful Sound and further along the coast by preventing any pests getting on board the vessels in port.
Fiordland Lobster Company
Helping the Department of Conservation with the restoration of Pigeon Island, an off-shore island in Fiordland National Park. For more information see http://www.lobster.co.nz/conservation.html
Kepler Challenge stoat trapping
In 2006 the Kepler Challenge Organising Committee, in partnership with the Department of Conservation, established a stoat trapping programme around the entire length of the Kepler Track using a proportion of each runner’s entry fee. For more information see http://www.keplerchallenge.co.nz/bird-song-proj.htm
Fiordland Wapiti Foundation stoat trapping
Fiordland’s Wapiti hunters are taking aim at a new species by complementing DOC’s predator control work with stoat trapping in the Glaisnock Wilderness Area of Fiordland National Park. For more information see http://fwf.org.nz/index.php/conservation
Real Journeys Fiordland threatened species sponsorship
• Blue Duck/Whio
$10 of the ticket price Milford Track walkers pay to book a scenic cruise at Milford Sound/Piopiotahi is donated to the management of this unique and endangered bird.
Trampers booking the Kepler Track and a Te Anau Glow-worm Caves trip have $10 of their ticket price donated to bat/pekapeka recovery work in Fiordland.
• Real Journeys staff at Milford have also taken the initiative to maintain stoat traps in areas of the fiord where penguins are known to nest. For more information see http://www.realjourneys.co.nz/Main/Conservation_Real_Journeys/
Sinbad Sanctuary Project
The Sinbad Sanctuary Project is a partnership between DOC, the Fiordland Conservation Trust and Southern Discoveries.
Situated in Sinbad Gully, to the left of the famous Mitre Peak, the valley is home to a number of very rare lizard species as well as weka, whio, kea, kaka, large weta and other invertebrates.
For more info http://www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz/sinbad-sanctuary-project/sinbad-sanctuary-project
Milford Community stoat trapping project
Stoat trapping to protect blue duck/whio began on the Milford Track in the Clinton Valley in 2000. Following encouraging results, similar trapping was set up along the Cleddau, Tutoko, and Gulliver Rivers and around Milford Sound/Piopiotahi township during 2002.
Volunteers who have helped check stoat traps include staff from Trips & Tramps, Real Journeys, Milford Sound Lodge and Airways Corporation.
For further information on conservation efforts in Fiordland see http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/