Boost for weed control to protect Abel Tasman


Saturday, 16 December 2017

Work to halt the spread of invasive weeds around the Abel Tasman National Park will receive a funding increase, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced.

The Project De-Vine Trust has been granted $80,000 from the DOC Community Fund to boost efforts to knock back Banana Passionfruit vines and Old Man’s Beard and create a weed-free ‘halo’ effect around Abel Tasman National Park.

Ms Sage says pest plants know no boundaries between private and public land, creeping across the landscape and smothering New Zealand’s native plants and slowing or preventing native seedling regeneration.

“Project De-Vine has made a significant difference for conservation since starting out with a handful of landowners back in 2010. Since then, weed control teams have killed 290,000 vines in Golden Bay.”

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