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Can I cut down a Cabbage Tree?
Cabbage Trees are not a protected plant therefore they can be cut down. ...
Can the public access the conservation areas on Environment Canterbury leased land?
Conservation areas on Environment Canterbury leased land are mainly located within farm leases. Currently there is no public access to ensure safe farm operations and public safet ...
How are conservation areas on Environment Canterbury leased land managed?
Environment Canterbury leased land is administered by the Environment Canterbury Property, Parks and Forests section. Some areas within the Environment Canterbury farm leases have ...
How can I get a pest plant identified?
Quick Answers A-Z Weed List at weedbusters.co.nz Weed of the Month Factsheets If you can't find the plant or you are unsure about its identification please send a ...
How can I have a plant declared a new pest in the Canterbury Pest Management Strategy?
By making a submission to any review of the Regional Pest Management Strategy. You need to identify the pest, quantify the harm it is doing and if possible describe it's distribut ...
How do I find out about the Tuberculosis Control programme in the Canterbury area?
You will need to contact the Animal Health Board that operates the Tuberculosis Free Program. The toll free number is 0800 4 TB INFO (0800 4 824 636) or you can visit the Christch ...
How do I get rid of convolvulus from my property?
First make sure it is not a native convolvulus which you can check by going onto the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network website. Small plants can be dug out. Ensure all of t ...
How do I get rid of Old Man's Beard?
Hand pull or dig out small plants. Vines climbing through trees or hedges are best traced back to ground level. Find the main stem and cut it off as low as possible. Then paint ...
How many plants and animals are covered in the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy?
In total 16 animal species and 43 plant species are included in five different categories. The categories are total control pest programme, progressive control pest programme, con ...
How often is the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy being reviewed?
The Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy [RPMS] has been reviewed for the first time since its inception in 1998. The current strategy will be reviewed in 2015. A midway r ...
I have seen Old Man's beard on my neighbour's property, is this allowed?
No, Old Man's beard is a biodiversity pest and the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy sets out the requirements for the control of this plant. Please pass the address an ...
Is convolvulus a noxious weed?
No. It is a nuisance, but it is not listed as a biosecurity threat in Canterbury and therefore no-one is required to remove it.It can be controlled by digging or pulling out young ...
Magpies are attacking my children. Who can help?
If the magpie is on Council owned land, please contact the relevant District Council as they might be able to help. Otherwise a private pest control operator Magpies are very ...
My property has a rabbit problem - what can I do about it?
Environment Canterbury can give advice to lifestyle block and residential property owners on what they can do to control rabbits on their property. ...
There is a possum/rabbit in my urban garden. How do I get rid of it?
You can either trap or poison it yourself, or contact a pest control company (Yellow Pages under Pest Control) to take care of it. ...
What are biodiversity pests?
Biodiversity pests are organisms which are a threat to biodiversity values in the Canterbury region. While there is a wide range of organisms that may affect biodiversity values, ...
What are eradication pests?
Eradication pests are plants and animals which have been identified in the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy for eradication or to prevent their reappearance. ...
What are the eligibility criteria for the Environment Enhancement Fund?
Only individuals or groups proposing environmentally sustainable projects on private, customary or coastal land are eligible. Not eligible: research projects; projects which are ...
What happens when I complain about Old Man's beard, broom, gorse or nodding thistle?
Biosecurity staff will contact the land owner concerned and undertake an inspection usually within 7 days. If that inspection reveals that they are not complying with the Regional ...
What is Indigenous Biodiversity?
Biodiversity is a shortform for biological diversity, it describes the variety of all biological life –plants, animals, insects, fungi and microorganisms, the genes they contain ...
What is so special about the dry grasslands on Environment Canterbury leased land?
The dry grasslands on Environment Canterbury leased land contain some very rare native plant and animal communities. For example the plains tree daisy Olearia adenocarpa, which on ...
What is the application for a regional consent for the controlled use of 1080/Pindone about?
Environment Canterbury has applied for a regional resource consent for the use of 1080 for the control of rabbits, wallabies and to a lesser extent, possums through the targeted s ...
What is the Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy?
The Canterbury Regional Pest Management Strategy provides the democratic process that determines what pests should be controlled to benefit the region as a whole. Pests are introd ...
What is the Community Initiatives Programme?
The Community Initiatives Programme helps local communities to control pests at a higher level than what the Regional Pest Management Strategy (RPMS) requires, and the Surveillanc ...
What is the National Pest Plant Accord?
The National Pest Plant Accord (NPPA) is a cooperative agreement between the Nursery and Garden Industry Association, regional councils and government departments with biosecurity ...
What kind of wildlife can I see in the Waimakariri River Regional Park?
The Waimakariri River Regional Park is situated in one of the best braided river environments in New Zealand which offers diverse habitats for native and exotic animals ranging fr ...
Who can apply for the Environment Enhancement Fund?
Any individual, landowner, community, conservation or recreational group that seeks to protect or restore indigenous plants or animals and their habitat, waterways, wetlands and d ...
Who do I report the discovery of a pest plant to?
As part of the surveillance programme vigilance on behalf of Canterbury residents in discovering pest plants is required. For ease of management the region is split up into sub ar ...
Who is responsible for controlling pests on Environment Canterbury leased land?
Environment Canterbury lease and license conditions require lease and license holders of Environment Canterbury leased land to be responsible for the control of pests such as broo ...
Why are there conservation areas on Environment Canterbury leased land?
Some areas on Environment Canterbury leased land have high conservation values because rare native plants and animals live on them. Environment Canterbury has an obligation to pro ...
Why do I have to control gorse and broom?
The community, through submissions to the strategy, has directed Environment Canterbury to ensure that no more land becomes covered in these plants. The Canterbury Regional Pest M ...
Why is the Buddleia plant considered a pest?
Buddleia is a serious weed in some braided riverbeds where it causes braids to become stabilised and permanent, provides cover for predators of ground nesting birds etc. It is als ...
Why has Environment Canterbury decided to split the Water Science charges by zones rather than spreading it across the whole region?
What is the difference between the Water Science Consent Holder Charge and the resource consent compliance monitoring charges I already pay?
What consultation has Environment Canterbury engaged in with the community regarding the Water Science Consent Holder Charge?
What types of resource consents will incur the Water Science Consent Holder Charge?
How can I find out what work the Water Science Charges will fund in my region?
Can I build an open fire in a house on a rural property?
What does the Authorisation number on the Approved Woodburner list mean?
Is there anything else that people can do to help improve Air Quality?
I have been sold wet firewood. What can I do about it?
My house needs to be rebuilt due to earthquake damage, can I put a woodburner into my new home?
Page created: 5/10/2009. Last updated: 5/10/2009.
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