6 Oct 2020

Forest & Bird: loss of diversity after Mackenzie Basin fire

From First Up, 5:47 am on 6 October 2020

We return now to Lake Ohau Village in the Mackenzie Basin where many residents' homes were destroyed in Sunday's wildfire. Many spoke about the wilding pines, also known as wilding conifers, which acted as tinder for the fire. These introduced species encroach on native ecosystems and are also believed to be a fire risk because they form dense, impenetrable forests. Our reporter Riley Kennedy spoke with the chief executive of Forest and Bird Kevin Hague about the harm caused by wilding pines, and the loss of biodiversity in the Mackenzie Basin resulting from the fire.