Comment is being sought on a Queenstown Lakes District
Council proposed programme of tree removal and replanting on
Parks manager Gordon Bailey said the project, which would see
the removal of several ''large and oversized evergreen
trees'', to be replaced with natives, had been in the
pipeline for some time.
The work would take place on the lake side of the track only.
''We originally anticipated combining this work with the
upgrade of the sewage main that runs adjacent to the track,
but with that on hold for the time being, we've decided to
proceed with the tree programme as a stand-alone project,''
Mr Bailey said.
Trees marked for removal were primarily Douglas fir,
eucalyptus and pine trees, along with some other specimen
trees that were ''dead or near dead'' and posed a risk to
Pine and Douglas fir were wilding species that spread easily,
quickly taking over from other trees, while the few
eucalyptus left were in poor health because of annual frost
damage. There was also concern some trees were close enough
to the sewer line to damage the pipes.
The programme had been carefully planned so the track would
not lose any of its ''atmosphere''.
''We'll be leaving most larch, willow and sycamores in place,
which will continue to provide seasonal colour and that
feeling of walking or biking through a woodland area.
''The proposed replanting will be sympathetic to the planting
already done around the developments in the area and by the
residents who live above the Frankton Track, and the removal
of the high, dark canopy will see the self-sown native plants
that are already growing under the evergreens absolutely take
The council wanted feedback from track users and residents
about the programme.
More information on the proposals, including photos showing
which trees are likely to be removed, is available at
www.qldc.govt.nz and at council
offices. Feedback should be with the council by Friday,