Pest Management

TIMBERLANDS Limited is committed to responsible pest management and pesticide use in accordance with our legal and certification obligations.  We aim to use non-chemical methods and where chemical pesticides are required, use the least hazardous options subject to clear best management standards. 

In accordance with our FSC commitments we have undertaken an Environmental and Social Risk Assessment (ESRA) for each of chemical pesticide we use. This includes Glyphosate, Clopyralid, Haloxyfop, Hexazinone, Organosilicone, Piclorum, Terbuthylazine, 1080, Metsulfuron, Cyanide, Cholecalciferol, Brodificoum, Captan and copper products.  As an example please find a summary of our Glyphosate ESRA here.  The full Glyphosate ESRA and those for other pesticides are available on request. 

We also encourage feedback and would like to hear from you. If you have any comments or concerns please contact us here. The ESRA process has lead to some changes in how we apply pesticides, many of which are found in our best practice standards and aerial operations procedures.  As an example you can find our best environmental practice for aerial operations here.

Tipu Mātoro Wallaby Control Aerial 1080 Operation

Waikato Regional Council is leading a National Wallaby Programme, Tipu Mātoro, 1080 aerial operation in Kaingaroa Forest between 20 July and late August 2023, weather and operational constraints depending. See here for more detailed information which includes control methods and hazard warnings during and after the operation. 

An updated Poison & No Hunting Area map which now include application dates can be found here.

Rotoehu Forest Aerial 1080 Operation

The Department of Conservation is undertaking an aerial operation in the Rotoehu Forest in order to reduce rats and possums to protect native species.  See here for more information.  Prefeed has been completed and the aerial drop will likely take place the weekend of 30th Sep - 1st Oct depending on weather.  Although this operation is boarding the Timberlands Estate in Rotoehu Forest, please take extra care. 

This operation was unknown at the time recreational maps were created.  Please see here for an updated Rotoehu Recreational Access map.

Risks can be eliminated by following these rules:

DO NOT Touch bait

WATCH children at all times

DO NOT EAT animals from this area or within the buffer zone outside the treatment boundary.  The standard buffer zone is 2 km for deer and pigs, 200m for rabbits and 1 km for hares, tahr, wallabies and possums.

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