Celebrating businesses, community groups, iwi and volunteers who are making important contributions to conservation in New Zealand
Our Conservation Champions for July 2012 are the dedicated folk at Project Crimson; a community project aiming to restore pōhutukawa and rata to the New Zealand landscape.
The Project Crimson team and their supporters planting at Reporua
Project Crimson completed a three year project last month, where they planted 1000 pōhutukawa trees on the coastal hill overlooking the marae at Reporua in Ruatoria.
The project was a joint initiative between private landowners, He oranga mo nga taonga tuku iho Trust, Department of Conservation (DOC) and Project Crimson.
DOC Ranger Graeme Atkins says that the planting project will benefit the area in several ways.
'Where the trees are situated is quite exposed to coastal winds so these trees serve to protect the whenua (land) as well as encouraging some of our native bird life back.'
Project Crimson trustee Gordon Hosking, who donated 1000 trees to the project, believes that the trees will serve future generations well by enhancing our coastlines for years to come.
Research conducted 20 years ago found that over 90% of coastal pōhutukawa stands were dead or dying due to pastoral farming, possums and fire.
Project Crimson was established as a national conservation trust to support communities working to rejuvenate the species.
The trust was a finalist in the Green Ribbon Awards this year which recognises people and organisations that protect and enhance New Zealand’s environment.
To donate to the cause and read more information on Project Crimson, visit the Project Crimson website.
Project Crimson Reporua volunteers