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District Council is thanking members of the community who joined in the effort
to remove Wilding Pines at Lake Camp on Saturday 26 November, despite the
dreary weather conditions.
Open Spaces Planner Bert Hofmans says the 25 volunteers who came made a
significant impact on the amount of Wilding Pines spreading across the area.
number of people turned out for the removal day and although the weather wasn’t
always good to us, everyone got in and did their bit,” he says.
like this simply can’t work without the community’s help and we are very
appreciative of everyone’s commitment to eradicating this noxious weed and
supporting our district’s biodiversity.”
Clearwater hut holders, Environment Canterbury staff, Ashburton Biodiversity
Working Group members and Council staff were amongst the group who braved the
conditions to remove the invasive, introduced trees.
targeted young Wilding Pines, as this is more effective and cost efficient than
attempting to remove the mature trees. Just one or two young trees can turn
into a dense forest within 15 to 20 years,” Mr Hofmans adds.
Pines threaten natural ecosystems, farm productivity and landscape values, and
if left unchecked, can spread over large expanses of high country in a
relatively short period of time.
concept plan for the management of Wilding Pines and shelter around Lake Camp
and Lake Clearwater settlement was also discussed at the removal day.