From July this year, kauri protection zones in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in Auckland will be put in place to protect healthy kauri trees. Kauri dieback disease is widespread in the Waitakere Ranges, but there are pockets of health with apparently unaffected trees. The Auckland Council is closing fifteen tracks in these areas to form protection zones and keep these areas free of the soil-borne disease. “This is a precautionary approach,” says Cr Sandra Coney, Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum.
“It is an attempt to control the spread of this disease that is devastating the giants of our forests and threatening the entire future of kauri, while still allowing people’s enjoyment of the ranges and its tracks.
“We are also investigating steps to take a similar approach in the near future in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park, which is so far disease-free” she says.
Protection zones in the Cascade Kauri, Anawhata, Waiatarua, Piha, Karekare, Huia and Parau areas have been identified. Sections of tracks within these zones, totalling 27km of the track network, will be closed and reviewed in 12 months to assess the effectiveness of this management approach. The Department of Conservation has also closed tracks this year in their Mataitai Reserve (near the Hunua Ranges) for a period of five years to protect healthy kauri. DOC will monitor regularly for the presence of kauri dieback and the effectiveness of the track closure.”
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