Do your projects use 1080?

September 7, 2018 11:45 am

Most of the projects we are funding are on urban and farmed landscapes and rely on intensive trapping and associated remote monitoring and surveillance technologies.

The use of aerial 1080 has proven to be an important tool for the control of predators in remote forested areas. Information about its use can be found on the Department of Conservation website.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s reports on the use of 1080 are available here.

In some areas, projects plan to coordinate our investment with scheduled 1080 operations.

In Taranaki, traps, bait stations, detection dogs and thermal imaging are being used on farmland surrounding Egmont National Park to coincide with application of aerial 1080 within it.

The aim is to completely remove possums from an initial 4,500 ha area from Kaitake Ranges down to the coast around Oākura township.

Similarly, in Westland’s 7,500 ha Perth Valley we’re funding research to see how natural alpine and river barriers can be used to keep possums, stoats and rats at zero after aerial 1080 operations.

If proven, the method could mean lasting freedom from predators and eliminate the need for repeated toxin use.

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