The latest field trip for SIT Bachelor of Environmental Management students was on March 13-15, to the SOHO Properties in the Queenstown-Wanaka region to help with wilding pine control.
The SOHO properties are the largest QEII covenant in NZ (~53,000ha) and this covenant was signed just over a week ago in Arrowtown. The NZ Governor General and Minister of Conservation Maggie Barry attended for the signing.
Over the weekend the SIT students, in a partnership with SOHO and QEII, removed some 8,500 pines from the Coronet Peak area.
Already this year they have had a four-day excursion to assist with wilding pine control at Mid Dome, and a 'Safety in the Outback' excursion to the Takitimu mountains, and a river crossing practical tuition day. Next weekend they are off to Borland, Fiordland to study geology, glaciation, alpine plants and plant communities.
If you love the outdoors and you're interested in managing our natural resources, this is the course for you!