Photo of the week: Restoring native forest on Motutapu Island

Department of Conservation —  15/07/2015

On Friday the Motutapu Restoration Trust celebrated 21 years of volunteer conservation work on Motutapu Island.

Today’s photo shows volunteers planting on the island, which is situated in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park – an area of great cultural, historical, spiritual, ecological and economic significance.

Volunteers planting native trees on Motutapu Island. Photo: .taf | flicrk | CC BY-NC 2.0.

Over two decades, 100 hectares of farmland have been transformed by volunteers into maturing native forest.

The creation of this forest prompted DOC to eradicate animal pests and introduce a variety of native species including takahē, kiwi and pāteke.

Motutapu Island is a popular site for its historic and recreational value and is a short thirty minute ferry ride from Auckland.

Photo: Taf | CC BY-NC 2.0.