An additional funding was provided to the Department of Conservation for an amount of $380,000 which will be used for pest control. This will be allocated for the Northland forest because according to the conservationists, the forest is almost collapsing.
The announcement was made by Maggie Barry, the conservation minister, while he was standing on Mount Bledisloe which is located inside the Waitangi Forest and with Bay of Islands as the view. The money will be used for this financial year in order to maintain the Russell Forest which is 7100 hectares as well as the area surrounding it.
She has also revealed regarding a partnership with hapu in order to create a health plan for the forest in Northland which will span 20 years.
The increase on efforts made for controlling predator in Northland is due to the goal of the government to make New Zealand a predator-free country by the year 2050.
She added that the while there is an additional funding which made the predator control budget rocket to $1.5 million, the involvement of the communities is still more essential because it is the best hope that the forests in the region will ever have.
During the announcement, representative from Bay of Islands’ community pest control groups were acknowledged including the local hapu, Forest & Bird, Jenny Shipley who is the former prime minister as well as the staff from Department of Conservation.
The minister also took his time to visit the Waipoua Forest in order to make another announcement regarding a grant worth $400,000 which will be given to a number of community conservation partners. The minister also inspected the first phase of the three-year program developed to improve the tracks in order to stop the kauri dieback, a pathogen that is considered a threat for the kauri forests in Northland, from spreading.
She also added that the west coast iwi Te Rawa did a good job in their pest control efforts for the Warawara Forest which resulted to a 1080 drop the previous year. While the poison method received a lot of controversy, it has proven to be the most effective method of eliminating predators in the forests. Homeowners with suspicions regarding pest infestations should contact a pest control in Brisbane to manage the problem effectively.