Biodiversity - Jobs for Nature
Since the beginning of 2021, Kylie has been employed by Environment Southland as Project Co-Ordinator for the ‘Weeding Fiordland’s Bufferzone’ project. This initiative was created by the Department of Conservation and carried out by Environment Southland to eradicate two invasive species within a 1 kilometre buffer-zone of South West World Heritage Area (Te Wāi Pounamu) /Fiordland National Park (Atawhenua).
The weeds Cotoneaster and Darwin’s Barberry were identified as significant threats to the National Parks biodiversity, as once established, they can flourish and remain largely undetected under the forest canopy. Kylie has helped over 55 ‘locals’ control these pest plants, which has resulted in removing hundreds of thousands of seeds from the source, cutting and pasting herbicide onto stumps, liaising with residents inside and outside the ‘Bufferzone’, educating people to control their own weeds, creating new relationships between businesspeople, Local and Central Government, and the Department Of Conservation workers.
Kylie and colleague Sue Marwick have since been nominated as the Top 3 Finalists for the prestigious Community Award at the New Zealand Biodiversity Awards 2022.