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Published: 2005-06-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted $20,000 towards the New Zealand Native Forest Restoration Trust’s plans to complete the purchase of a block of land near Thames.

The Trust, one of New Zealand’s leading organisations involved in forest restoration, has purchased the 46 hectare block in the headwaters of the Tararu Stream which is ranked 10th in Environment Waikato’s key ecological sites programme. Coromandel Cr Arthur Hinds said protecting the property would promote biodiversity restoration and erosion control in the area.

Stock have been excluded from the block and there is healthy regenerating bush. The area includes reasonable numbers of the regionally significant and rare swamp maire and the endangered Hochstetter frog has also been reported. The site forms an important wildlife corridor because it is next to blocks of high value DOC land.

Each of the Native Forest Trust's reserves is covenanted for permanent protection through the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, made available to the public and supervised by a local Honorary Ranger. More information on the Trust can be found at