The future of Dartmoor is in your hands
25th February 2020
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Dartmoor National Park Authority has launched a consultation for Dartmoor's 'next generation' of custodians.

The call for action forms part of the emerging Dartmoor National Park Management Plan, a partnership plan for the National Park as a whole.

It assesses Dartmoor as it is today and the changes expected in the years ahead. It describes issues, priorities, opportunities and challenges and sets out how they can be dealt with over the next five years and beyond.

It covers areas such as climate change, future generations, nature and natural beauty, cultural heritage, farming and forestry, visitors, local residents and businesses.

To help inform this long-term plan of action, Dartmoor National Park Authority supported a group of people aged between 18 - 35 in putting together a ‘Next Generation’ vision and manifesto. It is their call to action to influence how organisations and decision makers manage Dartmoor. 

The manifesto has a series of ‘asks’ covering things that matter to them most. This includes digital connectivity, public transport, affordable housing, conservation, jobs, skills and leisure time.

People aged under 35 can provide views on delivering the manifesto and how they'd like to be involved by completing a short survey online. It runs until 20 April. 

Dartmoor National Park Authority Chair Pamela Woods said: “We know from the group involved that they are keen to have their views heard at this important stage in relation to how Dartmoor is managed and where the priorities should be as it will be their futures that are affected.

“Changes to the climate and society as a whole mean younger people are growing up and living in a world that’s rapidly looking very different. Our aim is to shape the right life chances for those who follow us while continuing to tackle climate change and ensure Dartmoor is conserved, enhanced and enjoyed in years to come.

“We are committed to ensuring we give future generations the opportunity to have a say in what decisions are being made by current custodians, and that their opinions are taken into account. The vision and manifesto created by the group acts as that platform for change.

“Work on the draft Management Plan so far has resulted in some excellent feedback from a range of interested groups and individuals but we’re very keen to make sure we get a good balance of views across all ages and backgrounds.”

People can also have a say on the Management Plan as a whole by visiting the webpage. Consultation also runs until 20 April. 
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