As part of our weed control programme on the Otama Reserves the ORG engaged the services of Remnant Restorations last year to eradicate Pampas Grass as well as other weeds such as Agapanthus and Blackberry on its reserves including the main domain, sand dune and wetland reserves. Remnant Restorations undertakes grid spray environmental weed control and this will be an ongoing programme funded by DOC.
The Otama Reserves are home to several nationally and locally significant plant and fauna species. The control and eradication of non-indigenous species will allow the natural regeneration of native species which we plan to be assisted in the future with a planting program as directed by our restoration plan.
It’s great to see many of the dead Pampas Grass plants on the reserves and a general reduction in other weeds.