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Help shape the future of Dartmoor National Park-- go online now to 20 April

People who care about Dartmoor National Park and its future have a chance to share their views on the emerging National Park Management Plan.

The draft National Park Management Plan is a bold and ambitious partnership plan to ensure Dartmoor continues to be protected and enhanced in the future.

People can take part in the consultation from now to 20 April. A survey, along with the draft plan, will be online at https://www.dartmoor.gov.uk/living-and-working/management-plan/management-plan-review

The document describes for everyone what the main issues, priorities, opportunities and challenges are whilst encouraging everyone to work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities of Dartmoor National Park, for the benefit of all.

It is a plan for the National Park as a whole and for people who live, work and visit it. The Authority, along with many other organisations and local communities, will play a crucial role in delivering it.

The draft Management Plan addresses topics including:

Climate change: How Dartmoor can continue playing a significant role in climate changes including increasing carbon storage through peatland restoration, woodland planting, sustainable farming and promoting local food supply chains to reduce food miles and the local economy.

Nature and natural beauty: Ensuring habitats are protected, restored and maintained and supported by land management systems.

Cultural heritage: Continuing to protect Dartmoor’s internationally important landscape, ranging from its Bronze Age remains, medieval settlements, tin-mining and distinctive local traditions, skills and customs.

Farming and forestry: High environment, low carbon farming and forestry systems that are economically viable and deliver a range of public benefits, healthy food, high quality fibre and other products.

Future generations: Encouraging and involving Dartmoor’s future generations of custodians. Supported by DNPA, a group of young people have developed a ‘Next Generation’ Vision and Manifesto, a ‘call to action’ to influence how organisations and decision makers shape the national park in years to come.

Visitor management: Enabling people of all ages and backgrounds to visit Dartmoor and have a great experience in ways that support local communities and protect historic features and the natural environment.

Communities and business: Dartmoor is home to 35,000 people and it is a place of work for 10,000 people. The plan looks towards supporting sustainable high quality development and travel, helping communities continue to thrive and ensure people are engaged in caring for the National Park and its heritage.

Dartmoor National Park Authority approved the draft Management Plan for public consultation at its meeting on Friday January 10.

Dartmoor National Park Authority Chair Pamela Woods said: “In developing the draft Management Plan we worked with many different people, and the over-riding message is that they want the future vision for Dartmoor to be bold, ambitious and clear.

“We have followed this and would like to hear people’s views on whether they agree. The Plan will need support and collective action from all those with an interest in the future of Dartmoor.

“We want everyone , regardless of age or background and whether they are familiar with Dartmoor or not, to get involved and check that it reflects your ideas and aspirations for how we all work together to collectively look after this special landscape.”

The draft plan has been prepared on behalf of Dartmoor National Park by the Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) as the body charged with that statutory responsibility.

A range of organisations and communities of interest have been involved in debating issues and developing it over the last 18 months.

Copies of the draft plan are available at Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Parke head offices, Princetown and Haytor Visitor Centres and local libraries.

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