Public submissions on a proposal to progress development of a new Canterbury Regional Pest Management Plan close shortly.
Chris Keeling, Environment Canterbury Team Leader Strategy & Planning, said this was a unique opportunity to influence the shape of a new plan for the next two decades.
“Animals and plants declared as pests can threaten the natural environment and livelihoods, so we are all impacted in some way,” he said.
“We need to make sure the right rules are in place to manage existing pests and new pests – and you can help us.
“Everyone has a part to play in reducing the impact of pests. They can affect both rural and urban areas. Without good management they can spread. By working together, we can protect Canterbury’s unique natural environment.
“We all want to protect biodiversity and production activities from the impact of pests, and be able to better respond to pests as soon as they get here.
“The submissions we receive on this proposal will help us decide how best to get there. This is very important for Canterbury and for New Zealand, so we encourage you to participate.”
Submissions close at 5 pm on 3 July 2017.
Source: Environment Canterbury