Need to Know: Kauri to be pro­tected by track clo­sures

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DOC has been seek­ing pub­lic in­put on a new pro­posal to close var­i­ous tracks in the kauri re­gion to help pre­vent the spread of kauri dieback dis­ease.

34 tracks are pro­posed for full or par­tial clo­sure in the con­sul­ta­tion. The de­ci­sion to pro­pose track clo­sures is not taken lightly and has been con­sid­ered in sit­u­a­tions where there is a high kauri dieback risk, low vis­i­tor use, high up­grade and on­go­ing main­te­nance costs and a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vided in the vicin­ity.

Not all tracks will be fully closed. There are 24 full clo­sures and 10 par­tial clo­sures pro­posed in the con­sul­ta­tion. Par­tial clo­sures are con­sid­ered where DOC can close a sec­tion of track to pro­tect the kauri there and still re­tain the ex­pe­ri­ence.

DOC has been con­tact­ing lo­cal Treaty part­ners and na­tional recre­ational bodies on the pro­posed clo­sures. Spe­cific dates for track clo­sures will be made avail­able on the DOC web­site once this process is com­plete.

“As there is cur­rently no proven cure or treat­ment for kauri dieback, we can only save kauri by stop­ping the dis­ease from spread­ing. There are a num­ber of tools DOC uses to help stop the spread of the dis­ease, like track up­grades and rerout­ing, but in some in­stances track clo­sure needs to be con­sid­ered,” says Sue Reed-Thomas, North­ern North Is­land Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions, Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion.

“This con­sul­ta­tion process al­lows the pub­lic, who we know have a vested in­ter­ested in the for­est, kauri and kauri dieback, a chance to have their say.”

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