Taranaki Mounga collaboration ready for March start
A collaborative project OSPRI is delivering with Next Foundation and Predator Free aims to create a predator-free paradise around Taranaki and Egmont National Park.
The intense programme of aerial 1080 operations will start in March and extend through the year. It's the fifth aerial operation in the national park since 1994, and is part of Taranaki Taku Turanga -- Towards a Predator-Free Taranaki. Have a look at the project's homepage here.
The double-prefeed, double-toxin strategy, repeated after a month, aims to take possum, rat, stoat and ferret numbers down to 'game-changing' levels and allow the native bush and birds to thrive.
The pest programme runs alongside the $11.7m Towards Predator-Free Taranaki project co-ordinated by the Taranaki Regional Council and funded by Predator Free NZ, and involves a number of volunteer groups in clearing urban and rural areas of predators by 2050.
The regional council is also co-ordinating a pest operation amongst rural residents bordering New Plymouth.
A feature article on the project is here.