Anglers and local greenies – bless them – have quickly advised of a BIG discrepancy!.
On the one hand the Government has pledged over $80 Million for predator control to use traps (? that is what they claim below!) in Tongariro Forest to protect the ecosystem from harm and improve the status of threatened species. OK? Wonderful.
But this was announced immediately after notification that, from July 2018, they are about to commence aerial spraying to kill everything in a sensitive location close to Turangi (includes Turangi water catchment area) which has these threatened species – kiwi, etc. ??? Surely the new Budget proposal will replace the previously programmed aerial spraying?
So cancel the aerial spray programme immediately!.
If you agree and share their bewilderment then please email your concerns to Department of Conservation asap.
Predator control: Budget 2018
Date: 12 May 2018
This funding will enable control of introduced predators in ecosystems with high value biodiversity, protecting these ecosystems from harm and contributing to improving the status of some threatened species.
The new money means that the Department of Conservation (DOC) will now have ongoing funding for controlling and eradicating predators (possums, stoats and rats) and help prevent local extinction of threatened species populations, such as kōkako, mohua, whio, long tailed bats and kiwi.
These identified sites reflect the unique assemblages of native plants and animals that characterise all the different natural environments across the country including the best remaining examples of native forest types.
The new money will allow predator control on an extra 600,000 ha of public conservation land each year, compared with the approximately 200,000 ha per year that DOC currently has ongoing funding for. It will also provide greater efficiencies through multi-year planning and contracting with suppliers.
Undertaking predator control on 800,000 ha of land each year will result in 1.85 million ha of land where predators are suppressed on an ongoing basis. This will deliver major biodiversity benefits across this area, which is larger than Auckland and Northland combined.
The funding will enable DOC to deal with predator plagues that occur in years when abundant fruit from native trees (‘mast years’) provides a feast for predators. In the past DOC had to repeatedly seek one-off funding for such control.
In the North Island increased aerial predator control is boosting kiwi and whio productivity in the Tongariro Forest. In the South Island, monitoring of kea in Kahurangi National Park showed 50 percent of monitored nests produced chicks following aerial predator control compared to only 2 percent of nests where no control took place.
The new money will also be applied to research and innovation to develop new tools and techniques for predator control and eradication. This will include new traps and toxins, and trialling methods to prevent predator movement across landscapes such as farmland.
The new research will also complement more fundamental research, refining current methods which is supported through existing funding.
Backing nature in the country’s unique ecosystems will make a significant contribution towards Predator Free 2050 – an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of three of its worst predators – possums, rats and stoats – by 2050.
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9 am update from Facebook – David Bedford confirms there are better alternative options – trappers like him should be paid to clear all the vermin and predators around Mt. Pihanga. (Even his office views would be better):