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A mission to clear the Mackenzie basin of a nasty pest that can decimate the environment and fuel fire risk gained some impetus in Takapō/Tekapo on Saturday (28 October 2021).

Wilding Free Mackenzie's (WFM) volunteer day at the Lake Takapō/Tekapo Scientific Reserve was one of at least four they hope to hold over coming months, following inaugural efforts in May of 2021.

”Wilding pines are a national problem,” Wilding Free Mackenzie community co-ordinator Haeleigh Turner said.

“They’re recognised as pretty much the worst pest plant in the country, because they invade basically all ecosystems.”...

See the great photo, video, and read the full story from the Timaru Herald on Stuff.co.nz