Rare coastal forest land protected

A recent acquisition by the Department of Conservation’s Nature Heritage Fund (NHF) has protected 14 hectares of rare coastal forest in South Westland.

The land harbours significant quantities of mature rimu and kahikatea. Another special feature is the kowhai and flax wetlands along one boundary of the block. Both plant species provide vital nectar for birds. The forest is also used as a habitat by kaka – a threatened native parrot.

The land represents one of the four National Priorities for Protection. Its acquisition protects one of the few remaining blocks of intact podocarp-hardwood forest on fertile coastal plains south of Hokitika, according to Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner.

The land was purchased from Mrs Mabel Buchanan and the Buchanan Family, whose intent is for the land that they have maintained in its natural state, to continue to be protected for future generations.

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