A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
This might not look like much, but it represents a big leap forward towards our vision.
For those walking or mountain bike riding this week up the Whitehorse Track or on the Whitehorse Big Easy, they will have seen a group of Foresters at work on the hill top removing the (regrowth) of Pine Trees as a step towards eventual planting this area in Native Bush.
A team of 7 x Foresters from Dunedin (DM Holding) have been working their way through gorse and along tracks to reach these young pine trees to cut them off and daub stumps with XtreeBasal (Wet & Dry) product to ensure no further regrowth.
It's a big assignment but they have made good progress. In Tough going terrain through the gorse (all showing up in its yellow flower!) and steep hill face slopes make it challenging. This will prevent the pine trees from continuing to seed in the future, allowing native tree species to flourish uncontested for light, rain and nutrients!
THANKS TO THE TEAM!
Ann is one half of Point Bush Ecosanctuary, alongside husband Gary. A lover of tropical temperatures, a permanent British expat since the age of 18, and happiest when discovering local history and culture wherever she goes.
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