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.’’

New Queen­stown Lakes cit­i­zens: (rear) Mal Foote, Ni­cholas Mad­den, Marc Stretch, Arne Neilsen, Christo­pher Hankin, Si­mon Den­nis, Agstin Di Pinto, Jeno Hezinger, Matthew Blane and Paul Stanistreet. Front: Su­nan­tha Sit­tha, Sau­rabh Bhar­gava, Joanna Guest, Ro­drigo Pereira Schulz, Mon­ica Mo­raes Fer­reira Da Silva, Ma­jor Jim Boult, Clara Mora Bar­ri­en­tos, Co­leta Car­bonell Martinez, Re­becca Blane, Paul Fran­cis and Joanne Stanistreet.

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