Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan
Have your say on the Proposed Gisborne Regional Pest Management Plan 2016-2026.
Submissions closed 24 February 2017.
What’s different from the last plan?
♦ Roading authorities will need to do weed and pest control on the roadsides – previously this was the responsibility of the neighbouring landowner.
♦ Good neighbour rules which mean that if weed and pest control in accordance with the plan is being done on one property, neighbours are also required to do so in boundary areas. These good neighbour rules also apply to the government - including agencies such as the Department of Conservation.
♦ Some new weeds and animal pests are included in the plan. This includes freshwater and marine pests which are starting to get a toehold in the region.
♦ Development of “site led” weed and pest programmes – where multiple weeds and pests will be managed at one location such as an important bush reserve, or a sand dune area, in order to protect its values.
♦ A greater focus on preventing new weeds and pests coming into the district – and quickly eradicating new arrivals before they start to cause serious problems.
♦ Council staff service delivery will focus in 4 main areas:
- assisting with priority site-led programmes with both weed and pest management
- focussing possum control operations on regional biodiversity and region-wide objectives, rather than detailed programmes at a farm level
- reducing possum numbers to 10% Residual Trap Catch (RTC) on the Hawkes Bay boundary and 15% RTC in other control areas in the rest of the region
- eradication of some weeds and pests that are currently present at very low levels in the region, but where their potential impact is large
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