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Published: 2001-03-22 00:00:00

Environment Waikato is providing $2500 to the Queen Elizabeth National Trust to help fence indigenous forest remnants at Waitomo.

The bush, on private property and covering 15 hectares, has been approved for an open space convenant as being of regional significance. It has healthy populations of king fern, a nationally threatened plant, and also protects the headquarters of the Waitomo Stream, helping to prevent erosion in the caves downstream.

The owners want to recover part of the costs of fencing the bush five years ago.

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