Press Release Friday 19th November


Building on a highly successful wilding pine spray campaign on Queenstown Hill last year, a larger scale campaign is scheduled to get underway next month, Queenstown Lakes District Council district forester Briana Pringle said.

“Last year’s trial of spraying a 30 ha area achieved a really high success rate and we are now going to continue the containment line around to the front of Queenstown Hill and into other areas of the Wakatipu Basin to stop the wildings invasion,” she said.

Wilding conifers posed an enormous threat to the unique landscape and the native vegetation of the Wakatipu Basin. The most recent work - to be carried out in early December - was in accordance with the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Strategy, aimed at controlling the infestation.

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