There are currently 20 organisations involved in the steering group representing landowners, statutory bodies and user groups.
Paula Freeland, Interim Director of Conservation, Recreation and Sustainable Development, said: ‘The purpose of the steering group is to ensure the priorities and actions from the Recreation Management Strategy are delivered. Members of the steering group were heavily involved in putting the strategy together and now they are playing a key role in putting the strategy into action.
‘The outcome of this first meeting is for members to identify their top five priorities for working together with the group to implement.’
Heather Gould from the New Forest Dog Owners Group, said: ‘The New Forest Dog Owners Group looks forward to the steering group ensuing a future of equal balance between recreation and conservation. This will keep the Forest for the pleasure and enjoyment of all the inhabitants and visitors, while protecting its natural beauty and wildlife.’
Richard Deakin, Verderer added: ‘ I am pleased to be involved with all major stakeholder representatives in a forum where it will be possible to share and understand each other's concerns and issues, reducing the potential for conflict as future actions are initiated.’
The steering group will meet four times a year; the next meeting will be in October 2010.
For more information on the Recreation Management Strategy visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/
Karen Evans, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
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The New Forest National Park lies mainly in south-west Hampshire; it is famous for its stunning landscapes,wildlife,coastline & picturesque villages. It is the eighth national park in England and the first in the south-east to be created for nearly 50yrs.