Native forest restoration draws a crowd

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By Laura Smith, Otago Daily Times Safeguarded from further depletion, a Southland native forest remnant has been opened to the public. About 40 people braved the elements on Saturday for the official opening of the Oreti Totara Dune Forest near Invercargill. The 81ha property was bought by the Native Forest Restoration Trust in May, with the intention of returning the …

Golden Bay residents unite to protect coastal wetland

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The country’s increasingly rare protected coastal wetlands have been boosted after a group of Golden Bay residents purchased a block for restoration. Heather Wallace, Rick Cosslett and Victoria Davis, with support from Bill Adams and two private donors, recently purchased 7ha on the eastern side of the inner reaches of Parapara Inlet, near Collingwood. In keeping with their wishes that …

40th Anniversary Planting at Ed Hillary Hope Reserve

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The Native Forest Restoration Trust officially came into being with the signing of its Deed of Trust on 17 July 1980, forty years ago. The first event to celebrate this important and exciting milestone was the planting of 1200 trees and shrubs at Ed Hillary Hope Reserve on Saturday 18 July 2020. This 467ha reserve to the west of Hamilton …

Otatara Appeal – Thank you for your amazing support

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The 20th May was the deadline for this purchase and we are absolutely delighted to confirm that this has now gone through and we will have a new reserve near Otatara which will be protected for all New Zealanders forever. This appeal has been a real challenge for NFRT. We were first notified about this property earlier in the year …

Otatara Appeal – Less than one week to go!

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We’ve so far raised about $775,000, an amazing achievement under the circumstances, but not enough to save all of this amazing property near Invercargill containing nationally endangered dune totara forest. Understandably this has been a tough campaign. We started fundraising in late February, about the same time as New Zealand announced its first case of Covid-19, and none of us …