Invasive pest plants have been spreading across the Takaka valley. Project De-Vine Trust (PDVT), with 3 years of funding from Lotteries (pending) and Tasman Environmental Trust will begin to address the spread with a control programme.
The programme will focus on the following plants:
Old Mans Beard (OMB) – it has been controlled extensively, but there are still pockets of it in the area. Wind spreads the seeds, allowing it to move long distances.
Banana Passion Vine (BPV) – Plenty of pockets of it where there are regenerating slopes from clearing or slips
Climbing Asparagus – there are very few sites, known sites are near the Grove Scenic Reserve and from below Rawhiti Cave to Packards Road
Woolly Nightshade – The main site in Golden Bay is on the Eastern escarpment between Dry Creek and Rameka Creek with outliers scattered around the area
Yellow or Italian Jasmine – Golden Bay has the unfortunate distinction of being the principal site in NZ. Decades ago, this plant was introduced here and is well established on the reefs of the Eastern escarpment. The aim is to contain it to its main sites and stop the spread.
Purple Pampas Grass - Spreading out from Pohara / Ligar Bay and other logged areas. Threatens riparian plantings, estuary edges, regenerating natives and bush edges.
PDVT staff will also record sites of other pest plants in the area for possible control depending on the level of infestation.
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