Conservation funding boost to protect the Marlborough Sounds
The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust will benefit from a $4,600 grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund to help combat the spread of wilding pines.
“This funding will go towards a management strategy in the outer Pelorus area,” MP Stuart Smith says.
“The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust is working to protect the sounds from the visual and ecological impact of wilding pines.
“Similar programmes have been successful in the Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound, and on D’Urville Island.
“Nationwide, wilding pines already affect 1.7 million hectares of land, and this is growing by about five per cent a year. Left unchecked, that could push out to more than 20 per cent, at a cost to the economy of $1.2 billion,” Mr Smith says.
The Community Conservation Partnerships Fund was set up last year and awards grants to conservation groups around New Zealand.
This funding is part of the War on Weeds programme launched by Conservation Minister Hon Maggie Barry, encouraging New Zealanders to join the fight against invasive weeds.