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Native Forest Restoration Trust

The Native Forest Restoration Trust was founded in 1980 following a campaign against the felling of giant totara in Pureora Forest. The primary aim of the Trust is to encourage and undertake restoration of degraded or destroyed New Zealand indigenous habitats and plant communities. This small group of dedicated people have acquired and protected well over 6000 hectares of native forest and wetlands creating reserves throughout New Zealand. This is all the more remarkable as the Trust is almost completely volunteer driven and community funded. Most of its funds are donated in response to appeals, as bequests or from agency funding applications.

Local people are encouraged to get involved and in some cases a local group takes full responsibility for the management of a reserve, carrying out weed and animal pest control and planting trees. The Trust has many reserves in the Waikato region and the latest acquisition is a 460 hectare property just outside Raglan, the Ed Hillary Hope Reserve, which was purchased with assistance from Waikato Regional Council and opened by Peter and Sarah Hillary in May.

Website: www.nznfrt.org.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NativeForestRestorationTrust
Contact: Sandy Crichton, Trust Manager (sandy@nznfrt.org.nz)


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