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Training Videos and Workshops for Best-Practice Restoration

Project Status: Current


The Department of Conservation’s Community Fund is partially funding this project to provide training videos and contribute to workshops promoting best-practice restoration of indigenous ecosystems by planting and natural regeneration.

The project is in collaboration with community groups, iwi and landowners, Department of Conservation, regional, district and city councils, NZ Farm Forestry Association, The Tindall Foundation, The Project Crimson Trust and Trees That Count, research providers, and regional staff of the One-Billion-Trees Programme.

Progress to date

This project is on track to complete 18 videos and over the second year, several further videos have been completed and others under way.

Videos and footage completed during this period includes:

  • Harvesting tōtara – trialling small-scale, low-impact methods - video completed and available online.
  • Collecting growth data by PSP, Gudex - case study.
  • Holt Forest Trust preparation for shooting PSP video - case study.
  • Tracks and pre-planting planning.
  • Monitoring – introduction and benefits – narration drafted.
  • Walk through method – narration drafted.
  • Plot-based method – narration drafted – preliminary video produced for project partner workshop.
  • Online data processing and results – narration drafted.

The focus of the next videos in the final year of the project is on ‘how to” topics including:

  • Nursery raised seedlings – grades, containers vs bare root, seedling quality, size, root systems, etc.
  • Maintenance of plantings – brush weed control, spraying, cutting, hand releasing, etc.
  • Nurse crops – concept, shrub species, establishment, interplanting tree species, etc.
  • Seed islands – concept, regeneration, case studies – Waikereru, Tuhaitara biota nodes.
  • Right tree, right place – matching tree species ecological requirements to planting sites, etc.
  • Planting pattern and density – high, medium and low density, canopy cover, timing for interplanting, etc.

As videos are completed these are being made available on the Tāne’s Tree Trust website.

Workshops, both online and as on-site field-based presentations - across demonstration planting sites and case studies in collaboration with councils, community groups, iwi and landowners - were carried out in Auckland, Waikato, Tairawhiti and Greater Wellington regions and include:

  • Online workshop including video on monitoring native planting sites for Auckland Council.
  • On site workshop with Longbush Ecological Trust, Gisborne - scoping out seed island concept with landowners, Waikereru Ecosanctuary trustees, native plant nurseries, Trees That Count.
  • On site workshop with landowners and predator free land care group representatives, Waiuku, south Auckland.
  • Online zoom with Regional Arborists and Ecological Manager and team at Auckland Council – TTT best practice planting and management of natives for multiple purposes.
  • Presentation to TTC and Aorangi Restoration Trust WaiP2K forum meeting at Carterton as part of the Tonganui landowner planting programme in south Wairarapa.
  • Advice to project partner Pamu Farms Cheltenham Stations, Manawatu, on establishment of multi-row multi-species buffers and scoping potential case study for meeting requirements of boundary screens and shelterbelts to meet compliance for organic farming.
  • Online workshops to the Auckland Council and contract arborists on best planting and management practices for native forestry in urban and peri-urban areas.

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