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Published: 2001-09-13 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is to contribute $20,000 from its Environmental Initiatives Fund to help with the purchase of a kahikatea forest remnant near Te Kuiti.

The Native Forest Restoration Trust applied for funds to purchase 18.5 hectares currently in private ownership. The forest is near the Mangapu stream five kilometres from Te Kuiti, and has been rated a high priority for protection by the QEII National Trust.

Landowner agreement has been obtained to protect a neighbouring 25 ha leased kahikatea forest, which the New Projects Programme is helping with fencing. Together the remnants will be nationally significant as the largest remaining kahikatea forest in the North Island.

Stock will be kept out through 200m of new boundary fence and upgrade of existing fence by the Restoration Trust, along with pest control and riparian planting.

The forest will cost $120,000 to purchase and $26,000 is outstanding from the purchase price. The Council has contributed $184,000 to purchase seven reserves around the Region.

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