Effective pest control
A key actor in the success o all o these partnerships is theuse o eective control o the many introduced pests whichare the major threat to our orests and other native habitatsand our native wildlie. Our continued advocacy o eectivepest control has been crucial in keeping many o our mostvulnerable species alive.In April we welcomed the decision by a ministerial panel – onwhich Forest & Bird was represented – to support eectivemeans o controlling deer, thar, chamois and pigs in the wild.The panel’s recommendations are important ocial recognitionthat conservation must remain a priority in managing thesepest species.We were also extremely pleased to learn that Government-unded pest control was implemented – in direct responseto Forest & Bird’s campaigns – in critical areas including theKaimai Ranges and Waitutu Forest.Forest & Bird’s own nationwide network o volunteers is activeon the “rontline” o pest control around New Zealand. Ourinaugural Pestbusters Award – which was awarded to the SouthTaranaki Branch – recognised their tremendous commitmentin ghting the battle against pests.
Oten in conservation, we can’t do everything on our own,and partnerships are absolutely critical to achieving the gainswe so urgently need to make in conservation. The past yearsaw Forest & Bird orge and renew a number o successulpartnerships to protect and enhance our native wildlie.In December we signed up, with Rio Tinto Alcan NZ andthe Department o Conservation, to a renewed partnershipprogramme to support eorts to help the kakapo. Thepartnership supports the work o the Kakapo Recovery Groupin protecting the critically endangered kakapo, o which just91 birds remain. At the time o writing, recovery group workerswere expecting bumper breeding season which would litthe kakapo population above 100 or the rst time in manydecades.On World Environment Day in June we launched a partnershipwith online auction site Trademe, in which people buying orselling items on the site can donate to Forest & Bird’s Kiwis orKiwi campaign. So ar more than 13,000 people have made acontribution.BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust, supported by Forest & Bird, celebratedthe hatching o the 1000
kiwi chick under its Operation NestEgg programme. We can be proud to be part o this eort torestore populations o our national icon.Another species making a welcome comeback, with the helpo a recovery group in which Forest & Bird is involved, is thekokako. Thanks largely to the eorts o the Kokako RecoveryGroup, kokako numbers are well ahead o the group’s target o1000 pairs by 2013.Ark in the Park – a joint project by Forest & Bird and AucklandRegional Council – may soon bring back the kokako’s hauntingcall to the Waitakere Ranges. Following the successulreintroduction o hihi or stitchbirds to the Ark, where they arenow thriving and breeding, we hope to also relocate kokako tothe ranges this winter.Our international partnerships, particularly our role as BirdLiepartner in New Zealand, mean that our work in New Zealand ispart o global conservation eorts – a vital actor given that manyo the environmental challenges aect us all around the world.
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