The long term decisions
Long-term conservation projects such as those managed by the Fiordland Conservation Trust take place alongside ongoing pest eradication research done by the scientists. Issues arise that need to be debated to enable the best decisions to be made. E.g. what happens in an ecosystem when stoat numbers come under control?
Graeme Elliot, a DOC scientist with an extensive background in optimising animal pest control to achieve the best conservation outcomes, recently shared his expertise with the Trust. A video of the discussion is available online by clicking on this YouTube link.
It's about one hour long but well worth it if you want to gain an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of pest control and the implications for conservation projects such as those taking place in Fiordland.