Wilding tree removal project to start next week

Thursday 8 June, 2017

Ashburton District Council will begin removing wilding pine trees from Lake Camp next week, in an effort to control the invasive species from further spreading in the area.

Council District Forester Terry O’Neill says the work will take advantage of Central Government funding currently available for wilding conifer control and will be carried out on Council administered land.

“Work is currently underway on the development of a Lake Camp and Clearwater Management Plan. The work to be carried out next week will not conflict with this plan,” he says.

“The funding for this project is an opportunity that we would like to use, especially given the threat these trees pose to the area’s biodiversity.”

Mr O’Neill adds that some trees will be retained to provide shelter for campers and other lake users.

The work is expected to be finished by 30 June 2017.

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