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11/05/2016 12:00 a.m.
The Ashburton District Council has approved funding for a landscape management plan for Council land surrounding both Lake Camp and the Lake Clearwater settlement.
A project brief, developed by The Ashburton District Biodiversity Working Group, will be used to request expressions of interest from consultants.
The focus of the plan will be to preserve the natural landscape and biodiversity of the areas, as well as provide shelter and shade for recreational users. Bert Hofmans, Open Spaces Planner at the Ashburton District Council, said that one of the major objectives of the plan is to address the spread of wilding trees in an organised manner.
"Controlling the spread of wildings and other weeds is high on our list. This plan is about taking a step back and understanding how we can best do this. We have a major issue with Pines taking over at the moment, so it’s important we manage this correctly, including removal of seed sources," Mr Hofmans said.
"We’re also conscious that these areas are frequented by campers and other recreational users, so the plan needs to ensure they can still be accessed and experienced by people."
The plan will include the planting of sterile trees or New Zealand natives for shelter and shade; the restoration and enhancement of native high country vegetation; and planned planting so that there are still areas for camping alongside Lake Camp.
"The aim of the landscape management plan is to protect, maintain and restore areas of significant biodiversity and will not dictate what bach dwellers in the area can or cannot do," Mr Hofmans said.
"Locals love Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater and we want people to keep enjoying them. This landscape management plan will not only make the land more user friendly but even more beautiful."
Preparation of the plan will include consultation with affected and interested parties, such as the Lake Clearwater Hutholders Association.