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Adaptive management of coastal forestry buffers

Project Status: Current

Sand dune exotic forests typically have a sacrificial exotic forest buffer zone providing critical salt and wind shelter to production stands landward.

This project will focus on the upper North Island as a pilot study exploring practical options to transition failing exotic buffers to resilient permanent buffers comprising indigenous coastal forest species based on an adaptive management approach. It will involve review of existing experience, field surveys and planting trials in collaboration with the forest industry, iwi, landowners, councils and communities in development of preliminary guidelines.

The indigenous buffers will assist FSC-accredited forestry companies meet their Representative Sample Areas and various biodiversity and other requirements through enhancement of biodiversity, ecosystem, amenity and natural capital values. Indigenous coastal forest buffers will provide more sustainable and effective protection to the production forests with application to other productive land uses on our coasts and in the face of expected impacts of climate change.