Wilding trees

Winter update from Arrowtown Choppers

The tireless volunteers who named themselves the Arrowtown Choppers have waged a years-long campaign to rid the hills above Arrowtown of wilding conifers and, where appropriate, replace them with natives. The bulk of the removal work has been done and now the focus has shifted from spraying, pulling and felling hundreds of thousands of conifers into replanting with the right trees and shrubs in the right places.

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Rapid progress on wildings

With our full funding target achieved, large-scale work to remove wildings from behind Arrowtown kicked off in earnest in February. Ground felling The initial stage has looked to remove wilding trees on the slopes of Brow Peak above Eichardts Flat and within Sawpit Gully. In mid March the focus shifted to the remaining portion of Sawpit

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Funding boost for wilding control

We are pleased to announce the wilding removal stage of the Arrowtown Wilding Strategy can proceed after the Arrowtown Wilding Group (a sub-group of the AVA) received confirmation of the last of the funding required. The full list of funders is: Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust South, NZ Lotteries, Ministry of Primary Industries and the Wakatipu

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Annual General Meeting 2019

Wednesday 30 October at 7pm Arrowtown Community Centre (by rugby field) Come along to the meeting and hear an update on the AVA activities over the last year and have your say. The AGM will be followed by a presentation by Brianna Pringle of QLDC, who will give an update on the harvest of Coronet Forest.

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Harvest of Coronet Forest to begin

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has announced plans to begin the harvest and revegetation of Coronet Forest, starting Monday 23 September 2019. Established over several years between 1984 and 1996, Coronet Forest consists of 172.5 ha of Douglas fir and is a significant seed source contributing to the wilding pine problem on neighbouring indigenous tussock

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Help bring back the autumn colour

For four years the Arrowtown community, led by the Arrowtown Choppers, has made an outstanding effort to clear wilding conifers from Arrowtown’s hillsides by hand, complementing the felling and spraying work of contractors. Now it’s time to think about the next stage – planting more suitable species. The conditions on Tobins Face are challenging for

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Just say no to wilding trees

The AVA’s Arrowtown Wilding Group has been hard at it over the last few months progressing Stage One of the Arrowtown Wilding Strategy. We are planning to have a public meeting in early March to outline plans for 2019, but in the meantime here’s a brief rundown on progress so far. Funding Central Lakes Trust

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