Since its founding in 1980, the NZ Native Forests 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 now owns 27 reserves throughout the North Island and upper South Island with a total of more than 6,000ha of protected native forests.
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 and provide invaluable feedback.
There is today a more general acceptance of the need to preserve our remaining indigenous forests and not to continue to destroy our natural heritage for economic gain. More and more people are following the example of the Trust by protecting native forest on their land, planting trees, controlling weeds and restoring wetlands.
There is still a lot to be done. We need to ensure that representative types of forest are secured, large enough to ensure their viability in the future so that all our remaining native birds and animals have an assured future and the full diversity of our native forests is preserved for all time.