Forest & Bird supports 1080 drop on Waitutu Forest

07 Oct 2010

Forest & Bird and Federated Farmers supported the Department of Conservation's aerial 1080 drop of 50,000 pellets in Waitutu forest this week.

Fiordland's Waitutu Forest spans 45,000ha and includes the largest tract of unmodified lowland forest left in the country.

"If we don't do this, we will end up with forests that are silent," Southland Forest and Bird chairman Craig Carson said.

Ten people from the Southland branch of DOC and Forest and Bird attended a meeting yesterday in the Environment Centre at the SIT. A person dressed as a kiwi thanked them for the 1080 drop, according to the Southland Times.

Forest and Bird general manager Mike Britton read a letter to Department of Conservation representatives thanking them for the drop and the Government for the $500,000 grant from the National Heritage Fund which made the drop possible.

"We have been devastated to witness the slow destruction of the forest and its wildlife from invading possums, rats and stoats. The use of 1080 all comes down to monitoring," he said.

"There are no longer any kiwi in Waitutu, there would have been 100 years ago.We can't suffer these kinds of losses," Forest & Bird's Conservation Advocate Nic Vallace said.

For more information on 1080, see www.1080facts.co.nz, or visit our page on 1080