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A guide to the Proposed Plan and Strategy

11 months ago
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This guide gives an overview of the proposed Regional Pest Management Plan and Biosecurity Strategy, and what they might mean for you. Click here to view.

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gordon kad 9 months ago
Sycamores & Old Mans Beard in Dunedin central area, Selaginella + Wilding Pines: Sterile pine varieties? Regarding the zones that sycamores are being "site led" i.e west harbour and penninsula zones: by leaving out central Dunedin area, you are letting large sycamore trees continue to seed and establish forests in for example leith valley near the border of "west harbour" zone. The native forests and remnants there have large amount of seedlings because of this. Because of particularly some large relatively isolated mature sycamores. Also NEV and all through town belt. These are also blowing seeds into those "west harbour" zones. It is an exponential process and stalling and waiting (and making up the old excuse about "not enough money") will just let the spread get worse until it is too late to do anything. By cutting down the initial seedlings and getting council maintenance staff to actually be aware and have ability to make decisions and cut and spray seedlings and take out infiltrating individual sycamores over ongoing years, then the spread elsewhere will be reduced. I see that the plan regarding sycamores is about management but very little or no prevention. Following orders with By ignoring the sycamore weed trees in dunedin central area creates a continual growing source of seeds. A great many of vacant property lots and council owned or maintained land have mature sycamores speading more seeds every year. There is also a very large amount of Old Mans beard Clematis in (for example) Maclaggan street, Serpentine ave, Clark street, Canongate, Maori Road, Elm Row, the vacant lot at 26 Smith Street, Queens drive, Jubilee Park. Much of it is council land. The council in this case is the bad neighbor. Is it on the pest rules regarding sycamores?, whatever, it just is the bad neighbor. All of these adult weeds are result of no active prevention. Is the upside-down, reactive "maintenance of symptoms" method the DCC business model? Rather than awareness and prevention and treatment of cause at early stages. (I dont mean offense Im just saying what I see from my perspective. I also see a web of externally controlled bureaucracy where local decisions are locked in with little ability to change plans with change of situations). It is beyond the early stages now but will continue to double. It is at a kind of tipping point where a few years (<5 years) will suddenly create vast and unmanageable sycamore populations. This has to be obvious to those who are looking. Excuse the rushed, haphazard comment. As for wilding pines, are there sterile pine varieties? And encouraging or requiring newly planted farm shelter belt trees to be native trees would also help prevent more pine and conifer weed seedlings. You may or may not have already thought of these things before. Also while I think of it, there is a serious Selaginella kraussiana population at the start of Morrisons Burn track just after the foot bridge over the Leith stream that will become naturalised in the nice native mossy and liverworty native forest there and spread all through if it is not eradicated now. Get onto it, people, thats what rates are for? Spending on important things with long term, big-picture view rather than unimportant things.
JenJen 10 months ago
Please do not kill the cats. Utilise the rescue associations with a contribution. Also, have a program for population control within urban areas for Spay Neuter, pets. Trap Spay Release is cheaper.
R. & G. Knight 11 months ago
Complete eradication no other way to go and the cheapest in the long run
cromwellpete 11 months ago
1/I would like to see the Otago Regional Council take a leading step for the people of Otago and say NO to the use of 1080 poison. A complete ban of 1080 in the Otago area.2/Employee new teams which offer young people, unemployed or even people who have been convicted of petty crimes who should not be behind bars to get out into the Otago area and do control work, perhaps wilding Pine control Gorse or Lupine. Rabbit/possum control, run stoat/rat trap lines.3/ On Public land advise groups such as local NZDA or hunting clubs of areas that deer/pigs/goats need controlling by using them you save our money and that could be spent in other areas for control.