Forest restoration funding
Native plants will start replacing wilding forests in Wakatipu, with the help of $145,000 from the Government.
A fund for native beech forest restoration was announced by associate environment minister Scott Simpson.
Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group and Wakatipu Reforestation Trust will use the money towards their three-year project.
The Beech Seeding project was created to help transform wilding infest into indigenous forest and establishing a food source for native birds. Simpson said large scale re-forestation would be ambitious and challenging.
‘‘So it’s great to see these local communities coming together to protect New Zealand’s unique natural heritage.’’
The project would train community-based volunteers in seed collection and share its learnings with community groups.
‘‘Community members will be able to record and disseminate data to report on the development of the restoration project by using a citizen science based monitoring framework,’’ Simpson said.
Nikki Cameron took dogs exploring Tucker Beach by the Shotover River.