Environment Waikato has granted $5000 to the Kauri 2000 Trust to maintain and weed kauri saplings on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The Trust has planted over 13,000 trees in the area in 2000 using a $12,000 grant from Environment Waikato’s Environmental Initiatives Fund. An evaluation of the programme by Forest Research found most were doing well but trees planted in some areas, particularly open grass sites, had done poorly because of competition from weeds. Weed control had been a much larger problem that anticipated.
Strategic Development Manager Kevin Collins said the request demonstrated the importance of community projects planning thoroughly for on-going maintenance needs. The group had acknowledged the seriousness of the issue and the limitations it put on the group’s resources.
The need for weed control would diminish as the trees matured, he said.