About the Trust

Since its founding in 1980, the Native Forest Restoration Trust has acquired land to promote the regeneration of forests, protect important species and restore their habitats, and to improve the quality of our waterways. It has purchased and protected well over 7,000 hectares of native forests and wetlands throughout New Zealand.

The Trust is assisted by many volunteers who give freely of their time to plant trees, help with maintenance and carry out administrative tasks.

A large number of supporters donate regularly and they receive regular newsletters, respond to opportunities for planting programmes, assist with funding for appeals and provide invaluable feedback.

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How you can help

From its inception the Trust has depended upon the generosity of benefactors, donors and supporters in order to pursue its goals. While not everyone can donate a regenerating forest or the funds to buy one, every little helps.

Our supporters are a very valued part of the Trust’s ongoing activities, serving as a means to keep the flame alive, to get messages out to the wider community and to provide feedback. Fundraising drives are launched for specific acquisitions.

From time to time opportunities arise to take an active role – see Get involved for more information. In return for an annual donation our supporters receive copies of our newsletter Canopy.

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Reserves and Projects

The Trust’s numerous reserves require active management to control the spread of weeds and the proliferation of predators of birds. While each reserve has an honorary ranger, there are always tasks that can be undertaken by local ‘friends’. If you want to assist in the upkeep of a reserve near you, please contact us.

Now and again, particularly after the acquisition of a new reserve, there are tree-planting projects to be carried through. There is nothing more satisfying than to place a young plant in the ground and know that it will live on for the rest of your lifetime and beyond, giving joy to all and an environment for our precious wildlife. Major projects are announced well in advance through Canopy and in this website’s news section.

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Latest News

The Passing of our Patron, Pat Cowan
The Passing of our Patron, Pat Cowan
We received the sad news over the weekend that our Patron Pat Cowan had passed away (pictured here with former Patrons Sir Ed Hillary and husband Arthur Cowan). A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at St Bride’s Anglican Church, Otorohanga, on Thursday 18th August at 1pm, followed by interment at the Otorohanga Cemetery.

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