Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson has announced $300 000 funding over three years for The Forest Bridge Trust from the Community Environment Fund.
The announcement was made at a morning tea hosted by the Point Wells community. Over morning tea Mr Simpson had an opportunity to hear from local trappers about some of the Forest Bridge Trust projects. He also had some first hand trapping experience – checking a trap with local student Ziggy.
“The Government is committed to Predator Free 2050 – a plan to eradicate rats, stoats and possums from New Zealand and protect precious native species. By encouraging local farming families to take an active stewardship role in trapping and recording catch data we will continue to build interest and enthusiasm for pest control. Longer term, widespread local participation could become the community norm with great potential benefits in reduction of pests.” said Mr Simpson.
“It’s great to see the local landowners, communities and councils working together to create a lasting legacy of a pest-free forest where native plants, birds and animals can thrive and be enjoyed by everyone.”
The Community Environment Fund provides funding so New Zealanders are empowered to take environmental action. The Fund support projects that strengthen partnerships, raise public awareness of environmental issues, and encourage community participation in environmental initiatives. Since 2010 the fund has awarded more than $12 million to environmental projects.