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Damage from wild deer in 2024, on the northern slopes of Mt Cawte, Pelorus Sound, show the impacts of ungulates on regenerating forest.

Top of the South Wood Council is working with the Project on five forestry innovation projects:

  • A sediment loading study to establish a clear understanding of the current sediment levels in streams within specific forests in Te Hoiere. This will serve as a critical baseline for future monitoring and management efforts and inform similar studies on other land uses in the area.
  • A post-harvest riparian native planting project to establish and test a number of current options in post-harvest riparian management in Te Hoiere with the intention of identifying either the most successful – in terms of biodiversity and stream health – or the factors that contribute to the most successful restorative outcomes.
  • A land transition study to identify owners who may want to transition areas within their property to another land use; understand where transitioning land may lead to better environmental and economic outcomes; and create an industry-led roadmap for landowners to effectively transition to alternative land uses, including funding and resources available.
  • A two-year research project aimed at investigating the exclusion of introduced ungulates – deer, pigs and goats - from forests in Te Hoiere and the potential restorative impacts this could have on indigenous flora and fauna, aquatic health and carbon sequestration.
  • An access toolkit for researchers and monitoring teams to better engage with forestry owners throughout the catchment.

More information will be added as these projects progress in 2024.

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