Pest management in Selwyn

by Anonymous Author

Environment Canterbury is calling for public submissions on a proposal to progress the development of a new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan.

A postcard inviting submissions is being delivered to mailboxes throughout Selwyn this week.

Environment Canterbury councillor Peter Skelton said animals and plants declared as pests can threaten the natural environment and livelihoods.

“We need to make sure the right rules are in place to manage existing pests and new pests,” Professor Skelton said.

“We all want to protect biodiversity and production activities from the impact of pests, be able to better respond to pests as soon as they get here, and be better equipped to respond to changes in climate and land use, new tourism opportunities, changes in freshwater habitats and water movement.” He said everyone has a part to play in reducing the impact of pests.

“They can affect both rural and urban areas. Without good management they can spread. By working together, we can protect Canterbury’s unique natural environment.

“The submissions we receive on this proposal will help us decide how best to get there.”

Submissions close on July 3.