Abel Tasman conservation plan may provide blueprint


Wilding pines invade farmland on Molesworth Station.

 By Tracy Neal – 25 June 2017 


A successful conservation plan used in the Abel Tasman National Park that draws on partners to fund and deliver is now being considered for New Zealand’s historic Molesworth high country station.

The director of partnerships at the Department of Conservation (DOC) Nelson office, Martin Rodd, said the area’s nationally significant drylands were threatened by the spread of wilding conifers.

He said it would be good to see the return of pockets of native trees that once dotted the high country landscape that linked Marlborough with Canterbury via an unsealed 200km long road.

Mr Rodd said Molesworth also had greater tourism potential than the current summer visitors who travel the distance by four-wheel-drive or mountain bike, but that had to be managed too.

Click to read more  from original article @ http://www.radionz.co.nz

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