Funding from various sources has supplied the Wakatipu
Wilding Conifer Group with $700,000 to fight wilding pines
The group's spokeswoman, Briana Pringle, said the season in
which contracted workers and volunteers removed pines
typically ran from September until May.
The amount was up nearly $100,000 on the previous season and
she was pleased with the funding.
''It's an acknowledgement from these funders that this is a
critical project, which left unchecked has the potential to
completely transform what is an outstanding natural
Funding was received from Skyline, the Queenstown Lakes
District Council, Central Lakes Trust, Lotteries Grants
Board, Department of Conservation (Doc), Community Trust of
Otago and Land Information New Zealand. Landowners also made
Within the amount is about $200,000 from Doc Wakatipu, which
is its annual expenditure on the project.
Continued eradication was expected until 2017, when
containment would become the focus.
The areas targeted for wilding pine control for the 2012-13
season include the Loch Linnhe faces on the way to Kingston
past Wye Creek, Halfway Bay, McKinlay's Creek, the Ben Lomond
Station, Moke Lake and Moonlight Track area, Roaring Meg, Ben
Lomond faces below Ben Lomond above Fernhill, Bushy Creek,
Ben Lomond Station and Closeburn Station.
The fight against the pines, which destroy views and inhibit
the growth of natives trees, was progressing well, Ms Pringle
New tools, such as a backpack to spot spray, was making the
work easier, though chainsaw crews were also used and
helicopters were needed to access some areas.
''Each area is so different,'' Ms Pringle said.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden congratulated the
funders ''on their vision''.
''To funders that have not come on board or who may be
considering supporting this essential project my message is:
why not?'' she said.