The intent of this Proposal aligns with two key pieces of strategic material that relate to the management of pest conifers and is also driven by the goals of Council's Biosecurity Strategy.
The intent of this Proposal aligns with two key pieces of strategic material that relate to the management of pest conifers and is also driven by the goals of Council's Biosecurity Strategy. The key pieces of strategic material are Council's Proposed Marlborough Environment Plan (MEP) under the Resource Management Act 1991 and also the National Wilding Conifer Management Strategy 2015-2030 (National Strategy) which was developed collaboratively between all major stakeholders.
Under the MEP, the impact of pest conifers on landscape is explicitly made reference to under Policy 7.2.10 with intent to reduce the impact of wilding pines on the landscape. The vision of the National Strategy is The Right Tree in the Right Place. This acknowledges both the invasive nature of pest conifers (wrong tree, wrong place) while balancing the economic, social, environmental, and cultural benefits from the right tree in the right place.
While acknowledging some critical dependencies within this Proposal, it aligns with the aim of the National Strategy that pest conifers are to be contained and reduced. This Proposal also aligns with a number of the objectives outlined within the National Strategy in that it seeks to clarify roles, allocated costs fairly, coordinate regional and local operations across organisations and seek to enhance the consistency of monitoring and mapping.