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Control nassella tussock

Date: 01 July 2018
Reporting Frequency: Annually
Category: Biodiversity and Biosecurity

Goal

Control nassella tussock to minimise adverse effects on production values.

Progress

On track.

About this goal

Every year Environment Canterbury, together with the farming community and AgResearch, monitors known nassella properties to check whether implementing the rules in the Regional Pest Management Plan is effective in reducing nassella tussock in the region.

Why does it matter?

Nassella tussock is extremely adaptable and grows in a wide range of habitats, displacing other desirable plant species.  It has relatively low establishment rates in Canterbury given the suitability of our climate here, so ongoing control programmes are essential.

What's being done?

We have an extensive compliance and search programme in place, and undertake monitoring to ensure the success of these programmes.

Our current monitoring information is shown on the graph. Nassella tussock has remained static over the years at around 14 plants per hectare.

Find out more

Find out more about the impact of nassella tussock.

Read a summary of the 2017/18 nassella season – district by district.

Read about the work being done to manage other plant pests in Canterbury.

Find out how rate payer funding supports this work with our Desktop Rates Tool.

 

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