Restoring northern Southland’s high country tussock grasslands
The Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust appointed Boffa Miskell as its programme manager in 2014 to deliver the strategic goal of eradicating wilding trees from the Mid Dome area in Southland. Wilding tree control had been delivered at Mid Dome for 20 years with approximately $7M being spent over this time. Large areas of mature Pinus contorta remain at high altitude locations, spreading seed over expansive high country tussock grasslands. Boffa Miskell developed a 4-year operational plan to control these trees, with the aim to control all high-risk seeding trees within the operational area over this time period.
Boffa Miskell works closely with the Trust, providing advice on control techniques and strategies, assisting with funding bids and promotion of the control programme. We are closely involved with the development and testing of new control techniques, and carry out trials to measure efficacy and efficiency.
To date we have sprayed almost 350 hectares of dense wilding trees, and carried out ground and aerial spot spraying control over many thousands of hectares. Delivering control continues to be a challenge in this environment, however, with the government allocating over $1.8M of funding to this programme over the next two years, considerable advances will be made.
Project management, operational and strategic planning, contractor management, pest control