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Written by Northland Regional Council   
Thursday, 08 September 2011
Local Ken Pascoe doing possum control work as part of Bland Bay's Community Pest Control Area.

A scheme designed to support local communities wanting to control plant and animal pests themselves is proving increasingly popular, with hundreds of Northlanders signing up more than 33,000 hectares of private land.

The Northland Regional Council introduced Community Pest Control Areas (CPCA) in 2005 with a farmer-led project to control predators over 4000 hectares of Oneriri Peninsula on the Kaipara Harbour.

Six years on there are now 36 plans targeting pest ants, animals and weeds, the regional council’s Biosecurity Senior Programme Manager Don McKenzie says.

“These represent more than 800 owners and cover 33,175 hectares of private land involving individuals, community trusts and Maori shareholder land.”

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