Come clean to pro­tect our pre­cious kauri

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Come Clean to the Coro­man­del — be a kauri cham­pion this sum­mer.

The Coro­man­del Kauri Dieback Fo­rum is call­ing on ev­ery­one vis­it­ing Penin­sula forests this sum­mer to help pre­vent kauri dieback dis­ease spread­ing among kauri by ob­serv­ing some sim­ple hy­giene pre­cau­tions. ■ Clean all dirt off your footwear, tyres and equip­ment be­fore and af­ter ev­ery visit to a kauri for­est. ■ Stay on tracks at all times and off kauri roots. Walk­ing on and dis­turb­ing soil around the roots can spread the dis­ease and also dam­ages fine feeder roots. ■ Al­ways keep dogs on a leash as they can spread soil too. If hunt­ing or mov­ing be­tween forests, clean their paws as well as your own gear.

None of our pop­u­lar walk­ing tracks have been iden­ti­fied with kauri dieback, so it is very im­por­tant to fol­low these ba­sic hy­giene prac­tices to avoid un­wit­tingly pick­ing up the dis­ease and car­ry­ing it to kauri that are free of in­fec­tion.

If you want to look at kauri, go to places where there are board­walks so you can get up close without dam­ag­ing the tree’s roots.

A great place to see ma­ture kauri are the 309 Kauri Grove, the Long Bay kauri walk, the Square Kauri and the Twin Kauri. New Chum Beach/ Wainuiototo, a very pop­u­lar place to visit the Whangapoua catch­ment, is a hot spot for the pathogen that causes kauri dieback so it’s im­por­tant not to take short cuts or tres­pass through pri­vate prop­erty.

When walk­ing to New Chum Beach stick to the pub­lic track — do not wan­der. Once you reach the beach, stay on the sand.

Re­sist the temp­ta­tion to ex­plore or camp be­hind the beach as there is kauri dieback in this area.

Kauri dieback dis­ease is a ma­jor threat to kauri, killing trees of all ages and sizes by de­stroy­ing their feed­ing roots.

Kauri dieback trav­els nat­u­rally through soil and ground­wa­ter but has spread much more rapidly through New Zealand kauri forests be­cause peo­ple have trans­ported in­fected dirt from one area to an­other.

Tell your vis­i­tors about kauri dieback and how they can help pro­tect our kauri, es­pe­cially if they are com­ing from in­fected ar­eas in Auck­land and North­land.

Re­mem­ber, to pro­tect our kauri forests, fol­low the sim­ple hy­giene prac­tice and ‘Come Clean’.

Three top tips for clean­ing footwear ■ Re­move the soil first, pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to the treads. Dis­pose of soil in your rub­bish bag or where peo­ple won’t walk. ■ Scrub off ev­ery trace of soil with hot soapy wa­ter — soles and up­pers. This is the most im­por­tant step. Re­peat un­til all the soil is re­moved. Pour dirty wa­ter down the drain or into your sep­tic tank. ■ Rinse clean, and spray with Steri­gene so­lu­tion, or a di­luted so­lu­tion of house­hold dis­in­fec­tant, as an added pre­cau­tion.

To learn more visit www.kau­ri­dieback.co.nz

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