RIVERBANK RESTORATION

RIVERBANK RESTORATION

Water quality affects everyone …

The very first plants we ever grew were destined for riparian planting. We hoped to improve the water quality in some of the streams in this area. Most river banks that need restoration are muddy and unstable, and where stock have access to the water the problem is worse.

Native plants are part of the solution. They hold the banks with their roots, filter the runoff water and retain the sediments. This helps create new and clean habitats, bringing insects, fish and birds back around the stream.  Farmers who commit to this restoration work, fence the streams and native plants off to protect them from stock damage.

Most of our work in riparian and wetland planting today is around supplying plants for local projects. There are many streams in our area where riparian work is being done and more and more local wetlands are being restored. We are rapidly increasing the number of plants that we grow that are suitable for these environments.

There is a large wetland at Otama that we are beginning to supply plants for, and our Backdrop Trust Project also has a fantastic wetland in it, that we are looking forward to protecting.

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Kim

Project Manager

New Zealand’s ecosystems are truly unique, they evolved over millions of years in isolation from the outside world.  Since the arrival of man, so much has changed. I don’t think many people realise just how special the New Zealand environment is, and just how much work is required to protect it for future generations.

E: kimlawry@gmail.com
M: +64 27 282 3369

Geoff

Funding and Finance

If we enjoy our environment we will value it. If we value it we will care for it. If we care for it, it will reward us. Our environment is our life!

E: gbalme@xtra.co.nz
M: +64 27 495 8923

Georgia

Volunteer Organiser

I’m a 25 year old Kūaotunu local. Always out in nature, I actively try my best to protect the environment I live in. I have an eagerness to learn and a love for spending time outside, which has led me to study Environmental Management. In my free time I enjoy yoga, hiking, reading, travelling and soaking up the sunshine.

E: mbenvironmentaltrust@gmail.com

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Mercury Bay Environmental Trust
P. +64 27 282 3369
E. mbenvironmentaltrust@gmail.com

Postal Address
PO Box 5
Whitianga 3510
New Zealand

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