MPI Funded Wilding Conifer Control Project
The Trust was awarded the contract for eradicating established wilding conifers from Tākaka Hill lands bordering the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. The Trust will employ four staff full time for three months through Kaitiaki O Ngahere Ltd who will ensure appropriate training where necessary.
The MPI grant achieves two things for Takaka Hill landowners It helps sustain expert land care work during the post-COVID recession, and it lets the Trust bring forward the complex job of managing wilding conifer growth, stopping seeding into the National Parks.
National Park Halo Predator Control Project
The Trust successfully applied to the DOC Community Conservation Fund in 2020 for their Predator Control Project.
This project will increase populations of indigenous species and reintroduced species spreading out from Abel Tasman National Park and Kahurangi National Park by controlling rats, stoats and possums on Takaka Hill private land located between these two National Parks.
This will contribute to improving New Zealand indigenous biodiversity by improving ecosystem health to increase the populations of the nationally vulnerable Whio as they spread from ATNP into the upper reaches of the Otuwhero River which flows through Takaka Hill private land. Other species such as the reintroduced Kaka and Pateke will also spread out onto private land. There are native species that already inhabit private land such as one of New Zealand's most threatened invertebrates the giant carnivorous land snail Powelliphanta. Powelliphanta hochstetteri and the pale yellow P. hochstetteri, hochstetteri are found on Takaka Hill private land. The nationally endangered Kea also inhabit Takaka Hill and a host of other natives species including species yet to be discovered and described in the many tomo and cave systems on Takaka Hill.
Takaka Hill Pest Plant Survey Project
A comprehensive pest plant survey of private land on Takaka Hill was undertaken by ecological restoration specialists Kaitiaki-o-Ngahere Ltd, funded by the 2019 DOC Community Conservation grant.
The outcome of the survey was the Takaka Hill
Pest Plant Management Strategy 2020-2040 and the Takaka Hill Pest Plant Action Plan 2021-2025.
Controlling and eradicating introduced pest plants is an important part of protecting habitats where native species can thrive. The photo to the left shows an Old Mans Beard seedling (Clematis vitalba) in a mature Beech forest in the Riwaka Resurgence area of Kahurangi National Park. Left uncontrolled this vine will spread throughout the forest changing the ecology and the forest canopy.