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Native species will return as pines removed

19 May 2006

Native species will return as pines removed from Manukau coastal reserve

As part of a programme to rehabilitate native forest along the Manukau coastal edge, Auckland City will begin removing selected pine trees on Monday 22 May 2006.

This project is part of a 20-year plan to improve the ecological value of the coastal reserve.

While most of the Manukau coastal edge is covered with regenerating native vegetation, there are numerous pine trees scattered throughout this extensive reserve.

"In ecologically important areas, pine trees are classified as weed species. They self-seed and dominate native vegetation," says Auckland City arborist, Bruce Edwards.

"The gradual removal of pine trees and the regeneration of native forest in this area will encourage native birds and other wildlife to return and flourish," he says.

Selected trees will initially be removed from two sites along the Manukau coastal edge; * 70 trees will be removed from Wattle Bay Reserve near Cape Horn Road, and * 30 trees will be removed from Sylvania Esplanade at the end of Sylvania Crescent.

Work will commence the week beginning 22 May 2006 and is expected to take four weeks to complete. Planting of native species will begin in July.

ENDS

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