August 29, 2016
Pest control initiative for Taranaki Mounga
An organisation that brings together Taranaki iwi, the Department of Conservation and the philanthropic NEXT Foundation has unveiled its plan to ecologically transform the mountains, ranges and off-shore islands of Taranaki.
Director Jan Hania says the $24 million Taranaki Mounga project will build on previous conservation work undertaken in the national park by DOC, community groups and members of the Taranaki Biodiversity Trust now known as Wild for Taranaki.
It includes extending the national park’s existing stoat trapping network by 2000 ha to further protect whio and kiwi;
returning North Island robin / Toutouwai in autumn 2017;
eradicating goats from the national park; removing key weed species;
working towards a seabird colony enclosure;
and investigating translocations of kaka, kakariki, and seabirds.
A new website has been created to track progress on the theme He Kawa Ora – Back to Life.
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