Farm Planning for a Sustainable Future
Environmental farm planning is a useful tool for helping farmers and landowners to manage their resources in a sustainable way.
Wildlands works with land managers to produce Integrated Sustainable Farm Plans. This assists clients to achieve sustainable management and enhancement of the indigenous biodiversity, ecosystems, and resources they oversee. A critical objective is to integrate these features into farm management in a way that complements and adds value to landowners’ core operations and underlying business, rather than compromising it. Plans include tasks and timeframes, estimated costs for works, and a map of the farm utilising up-to-date aerial photography.
Integrated sustainable farm plans provide a long-term, site specific, integrated approach to environmental management within the farming system. Wildlands’ approach stands apart in that it takes into account social, economic, and commercial dimensions of farm management in addition to on-the-ground features, and operational and practical considerations:
- Land use capability
- GIS farm mapping
- Protection of streams, wetlands, and waterways
- Control of erosion, sediment, and nutrients flowing into waterways
- Management and protection of bush and natural areas (biodiversity)
- Fencing of natural and erosion prone areas
- Pest animal and weed control
- Construction or enhancement of habitat for wildlife, e.g. waterfowl or other birds
- Revegetation or afforestation projects
- Carbon monitoring and assessment
Being sustainable means that we actively look after our environmental resources so they can be valued and enjoyed by future generations.
The benefits of protecting natural resources, and sustainable management of land, can extend well beyond the farm. Improvements to downstream water quality and enhanced habitat networks for wildlife are common outcomes.
Bringing a Slice of Nature to Your Property
Have you dreamed of being visited by kereru, hearing the calls of tui and bellbirds, or having resident quail and pheasants? Perhaps you want to protect a stand of native bush or enhance a pond for ducks and other wetland birds, or simply do something to offset your carbon footprint?
Many rural and semi-rural properties have patches of scrub, forest remnants, wet or boggy gullies, or difficult-to-manage areas that could be developed into attractive habitat. These areas might be quite small on any one property, but collectively, and in a broader landscape context, can provide significant opportunities for both plants and animals, and stepping stones for their movement from one area to another.
Wildlands helps landowners to identify the potential in their properties, and develop plans for restoring natural values and enhancing forest and wetland remnants, no matter how small or large. Plans are tailored to the needs and goals of individual landowners, and can address such things as how to control weeds, how to create a wetland if feasible to do so, what to plant, and how best to control rats and stoats, and other pests. In addition to preparing prescriptions and work plans, Wildlands can sometimes help landowners to find funding and, if requested, can undertake the physical works.
Wildlands has been providing ecological consulting services to a wide range of clients for over 25 years. Services include ecological restoration, inventories and monitoring of natural areas from the shoreline to the mountains, rare and threatened species, assessment of effects, and input to a wide range of RMA processes. Wildlands staff offer a wide range of expertise, practical skills, and experience.