At the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre near Eketahuna, one of New Zealand’s longest running forest restoration projects is underway. The project involves controlling introduced pests and weed species in the 942 hectare mature podocarp forest and surrounding 2,600 hectares of farmland. With the ongoing removal of pest species from the protected forest, native flora and fauna are thriving.
More projects like this are starting up around the country with launch of the Predator-Free 2050, a movement to eradicate New Zealand’s three most damaging pest species - rats, stoats, and possums - and enable our native species to thrive. Other groups starting up similar projects can learn from the experience of the team at Pūkaha.
Find out more about the forest restoration work at Pūkaha.
Find out more about Predator-Free 2050.
Watch a video about Predator-Free 2050:YouTube