Uretiti tree operation
The removal of weeds has been a long-term plan and a community aspiration for the restoration of the reserves at Bream Bay.
The Department of Conservation is working with a local logging contractor to remove wilding pines growing on public conservation land from Paradise Shores down to the Waipu estuary. The trees have been slowly but steadily spreading and some of the older trees have become a safety concern with broken branches and trees at risk of falling.
The logging contractor will remove the pines and undertake mitigation work. This will include fencing, mulching/chipping of logging debris, improving public access, firebreak construction, weed control and replanting of native species in order to meet the requirements of the Emission Trading Scheme.
There will be no cost to the taxpayer other than the staff time involved in managing the contract. Community groups will be invited to assist in restoration of areas close to public view.
The removal of these pines will also improve the views of Bream Bay to outer islands from the State Highway 1. The company will start logging at the end of July.