Jobs for Nature update 21 April 2021
Planting is in full swing and it’s great to see plants going in right throughout the catchment – Matukituki, Cardrona, Luggate, Hawea Flat and Maungawera have all had the WAI teams out planting.
Possum monitoring continues up the Cardrona with a chew card system to assess possum distribution since OSPRI stopped control work in 2019.
Dr James Renwick, the Climate Change Commissioner, and Dr Jim Salinger met with WAI and some local landowners last week to discuss on-farm GHG emissions and mitigations. A positive meeting and both James and Jim appreciated the insight into the work being undertaken on the ground.
Broom – the native kind
Native broom (Carmichelia petriei) is a species used within our native revegetation mix in parts of the Upper Clutha. Like the pest species of introduced broom (Cytisus scoparius), our native broom is a nitrogen fixer. However it isn’t as aggressive at spreading and currently has an ‘At risk – declining’ status. If you spot native broom on your property, keep an eye out for its subtle purple-ish pink flowers from November to January.
Click here to see a poster summary of common plants recommended for revegetation plantings in the Upper Clutha, and get in touch if you’re interested in planting on your farm this autumn.
B+LNZ Action Group Extension Programme
Beef + Lamb NZ have adopted the RMPP Action Network programme and are urging farmers to take advantage of the small group learning model, which also offers $2,000 per group in funding.