Wilding Pine funding positive for Otago
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was pleased to see $16 million in new funding being set aside to tackle wilding pines.
“These invasive trees are a problem around Central Otago and Queenstown and I’m pleased that the Government has opted to put more funding into bringing them under control.
"Wilding pines alter entire landscapes and are notoriously difficult to clear once established, representing a major threat to our unique New Zealand ecosystems, land and farms.
“Some of this funding will be targeted at supporting greater collaboration between the Crown, regional councils, community groups, land owners, and foresters.
“This type of cooperation has already worked very well in Central Otago and I’m hopeful more funding will be directed to this region to allow this good work to continue.
“Wilding conifers currently cover more than 1.8 million hectares of land, and are spreading at an estimated rate of 5 percent a year.
"The new funding provided in Budget 2016 builds on the estimated $11 million spent on the management of wilding conifers each year.”
Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru