Mid Dome Wilding Pine Day 2017
On Saturday 11 November 2017, twenty-four enthusiastic and energetic volunteers attended a wilding trees work day on a ridge above East Dome Station, in Northern Southland. The day was run by Environment Southland on behalf of the Mid Dome Wilding Tree Charitable Trust (MDWTCT). Participants included members of the public, SIT students, Environment Southland employees and Mid Dome trustees.
The aim was to destroy as many wilding contorta pines as possible, to prevent the further spread of these highly invasive trees into open tussock country. Control of wilding trees was achieved by hand pulling saplings and using a variety of hand tools on larger trees. It was estimated that on average each volunteer controlled 200 trees, which equates to almost 5000 trees in total!
The weather gods answered our prayers too, with constant sunshine and no rain throughout the day. Everybody seemed to really enjoy themselves and by all accounts it proved to be a highly successful outing.
Click here (PDF, 1.75 MB) for the event flyer