Wilding control app launched
A $95,000 app to measure the success of wilding control programmes and allocate budgets has been designed.
Land Information Minister Mark Mitchell and Conservation Minister Maggie Barry officially launched the project in Queenstown last week.
The web-based mapping and monitoring tool, the Wilding Conifer Information System, would combine nationwide data to improve wilding control, they said.
Mitchell said it was an ‘‘extremely efficient’’ tool and a ‘‘first class’’ development.
It was launched in Queenstown because of the huge wilding pines problems in the area.
‘‘This is where there’s probably going to be quite a large focus in terms of funding and the work that goes into getting on top of the issue,’’ Mitchell said.
‘‘The more we can control infections the less money we will have to spend on it down the lane.’’
Mitchell said a similar concept to the wilding control app could also be used to monitor efforts to get rid of predators.
Central Otago’s Wilding Conifer Control group project manager Phil Murray said the information system was a ‘‘huge step’’ in the right direction.
‘‘A massive challenge for us is to get the community to understand that it’s a problem and to educate them about the threats.’’
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