Kauri signs erected

Waikato Times - - News -

New road signs re­in­forc­ing the need to pro­tect the kauri from dieback dis­ease have been in­stalled in the Coro­man­del. The signs alert trav­ellers they’re ar­riv­ing at a kauri pro­tec­tion area and need to clean footwear and equip­ment when en­ter­ing and leav­ing kauri forests. The pur­pose of the signs is to help build a stronger mes­sage around the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing the clean­ing steps when any­one vis­its kauri forests. This is to make sure kauri will still be around for the next gen­er­a­tion of vis­i­tors, Biose­cu­rity New Zealand’s John San­son said. ‘‘This is be­cause peo­ple are still the big­gest fac­tor in spread­ing the dis­ease, through con­tam­i­nated soil be­ing col­lected on boots and gear.’’ Six of the signs have al­ready been placed along high traf­fic lo­ca­tions in parts of the Coro­man­del, while two of the new signs are due to be placed at en­try points to North­land’s Waipoua For­est on along State High­way 12, home of Tane Mahuta and other iconic trees.

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