Welcome to this festive edition of Landcare Action.
This issue features a new publication dealing with water quality in the Waikato, highlights an important survey, reflects on options for additional funding, considers clover root weevil control in Southland and a host of other items that I hope you will find of interest.
On behalf on NZ Landcare Trust I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our subscribers a very merry Christmas.
James Barnett, Editor.
New Resource launched
'Best Management Practices for Enhancing Water Quality in the Waikato' has been designed to showcase some of the excellent work undertaken by Waikato farmers. Eight Case Studies demonstrate how to farm profitably while reducing the adverse environmental effects sometimes associated with modern farming... more>
New Funding Developments
The additional funds will help the Trust to increase its operating capacity and ensure that the Landcare message reaches a greater number of rural people. Details are currently under discussion by the Board of Trustees... more>
Free copies of 'Landcare: A Practical Guide' are available to farmers and landowners at workshops and field-days. If you are not able to attend one of our events you can still get your free copy... more>
Taieri Project Evaluation
A survey has been developed by the Upper Taieri Water Resource Management Group to help increase understanding of how the project is working. Questionnaires will be sent out shortly to irrigators, farmers and the management team... more>
Biocontrol for Weevil in Southland
Initially discovered in the Waikato in 1996, the Clover Root Weevil feeds exclusively on clovers and can severely reduce them from a pasture if left unchecked, removing the valuable contribution this plant makes to animal feed. Efforts to control the growing population in Southland is now underway... more>
Ten Years of Dedicated Landcare
The Rarangi Landcare Group Inc. was first established in 2000. In 10 years they have restored over 11,000 native foreshore plants, with help from Outward Bound and support from the Department of Conservation, Marlborough District Council, NZ Landcare Trust and the WWF... more>
New Challenge for Helen Moodie
Helen Moodie has been a highly valued member of the NZ Landcare Trust staff and a passionate supporter of the landcare movement. After 14 years of service Helen has decided to take on a fresh challenge... more>
Award for Avery Family
The Avery family have won the 2010 'South Island Farmer of The Year' competition for their work adapting farm management systems in response to increasingly dry conditions... more>
Publications for Next Year
NZ Landcare Trust plans to release 2 new publications in 2011, each will focus on a key aspect of landcare in New Zealand; Sustainable Land Management and Integrated Catchment Management... more>
Wetland Guide from NIWA
NIWA have published a set of guidelines aimed at farmers, farm advisors, rural contractors and regional council staff to appropriately locate, size, design and construct effective wetlands... more>