Practical preservation - North Taranaki farmers catch the covenanting bug

McMahon, Shona
February 2006
New Zealand Tree Grower;Feb2006, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p27
This article looks at the forest conservation efforts of neighbouring farmers in North Taranaki, New Zealand under QEII National Trust covenants. The forest has a diverse understorey and a healthy range of bird life including kereru, bell birds, tui and tomtits and waterfowl. It all began when the late Jack Luxton came to live at Urenui with his son and daughter-in-law. The QEII contribution to costs allowed farmers to extend and connect the fenced off areas properly. All the landholders have observed how quickly regeneration occurs once an area is fenced off. Local ecology has benefited from the continuity of the covenants along the stream. In addition, fencing the forest and keeping stock out of the catchment has also been important for soil conservation and water quality.


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