restoration of alluvial podocarp dominated forest

Ronga Reserve

community restoration of ecosystems in Te Hoiere / Pelorus catchment

Ronga Reserve is one of Marlborough's remnant forest gems with towering totara and matai. Planting and ongoing forest restoration has been occurring at the site since 2013.

Ronga Reserve is an important lowland alluvial podocarp forest in the broader Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment.  It is ranked highly as a restoration site, with towering totara and matai, surrounded on three sides by valley streams with oxbow wetlands and springs, and is home to endangered long-tailed bats.

Forest & Bird working collaboratively with the Department of Conservation, Nelson Tasman Weedbusters, Outward Bound and adjoining landowners to restore the alluvial forest that has been affected by past tree-felling and grazing.  Replanting 1000 trees every year, weeding, and monitoring bat populations.  This is a long term project of very high value.

11 September 2021 - Ronga Reserve Annual Planting Day

At last - we were in business for our annual planting day at the Ronga Reserve - 800 trees went in.

Ronga planting photos (Penny Wardle)

Forest & Bird being happy to be part of Te Hoiere Project which involves community restoration of ecosystems in Pelorus catchments.
After nine years of planting the Ronga Reserve, with its giant podacarps, is looking great.

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