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To restore the natural indigenous biodiversity Establishing a forest stand that will hopefully

to an area it is important that the plant material become self-perpetuating requires staged
used is from local stock, appropriate to the planting of early successional species followed
locality. This practise is referred to as in later years by those requiring sheltered
ecosourcing and entails: establishment. Once an initial nurse cover
• Only planting species within their natural of early species has established, other
geographic and ecological range species will begin to regenerate naturally
• Only using local plant populations for from bird and wind dispersed seed. This
propagation material (local genotypes) self regeneration will be augmented by
• Only planting species within their natural planting of longer lived trees that, because
habitat type of their current scarcity or lack of dispersal
Every plant community is different in its agents, do not have the opportunity to
species composition and each species in regenerate naturally.
that community may differ genetically from
individuals in other areas (different
genotypes). These genetic differences may
cause visible differences in things like leaf Weed control will be critical throughout the
shape and growth form and also affect revegetation process. Initially rank grass
growth rate and disease resistance. Locally will be the main weed competition on open
sourced plants are usually better adapted sites and in later years, invasive woody species
to the local site conditions and consequently will require constant surveillance and control.
will grow better. * Refer to the associated Turitea Planting Guide
for details of preparation, selection, planting,
and maintenance.

All inquiries please to the Strategic Planning Unit,

Palmerston North City Council.
Phone No. (06) 356 8199
The corridor is owned by a mixture
of public organisations, private
The Manawatu is one of the companies and individuals.
most heavily modified The Turitea Stream Green Corridor Project Agreement and co-operation
ecosystems in New Zealand. between such owners is the key to
Most of the lowland is an attempt to restore a Manawatu lowland success of this project.
indigenous forest that once ecosystem. It is a partnership between the not have to be a landowner to
covered the area has been make a contribution. Participation
cleared and most of the city, community groups, and landowners. by any members of the community
wetlands drained. is welcome and desirable. There
Only a few fragmented are many ways for individuals or
remnants remain and groups to become involved.
these small areas are Please contact the Palmerston
vulnerable to disturbance North City Council Strategic
and browsing by Planning Unit for further
introduced animals and information.
invasion by weeds. Private landowners have several
These remnants are too ways to make their streamside
small, too isolated, and property available with the
often have too many creation of esplanade reserves:
predators to be able to by legal easements to the
sustain populations of Palmerston North City Council;
most of our indigenous by creating esplanade or access
birds and other strips; by conservation
indigenous wildlife. covenants; or by donating land
Restoration of these that may qualify as future
areas requires active This will mainly involve clearing weeds and
establishing selected predominantly subdivision reserve contribution.
management to improve Any of these options is best
the habitat value and indigenous vegetation on the stream banks,
or “riparian margins”. There is a net benefit done by discussion with the
extend the habitat area. council to simplify the legal
to river environments, including improved
water quality, when riparian margins are process and minimise costs.
retired from grazing or planted. Livestock will need to be fenced
Managed riparian buffers can substantially out of specific areas. Predator
reduce inputs of nutrients and sediment from control will also be required to
agricultural land, reduce water temperature protect certain plant species.
The Turitea Stream fluctuations, help stabilise stream banks, and Some parts of the corridor will
project is creating the provide a more natural environment for require public access. Talk to the
model for future Green indigenous aquatic life. Management involves council about your particular
Corridors, recognising that maintaining appropriate vegetation and requirements.
long term, the restricting stock access to rivers and streams.
environmental health of a There is huge potential for using riparian
city does not depend solely plantings of indigenous species as dual-purpose
on its public parks. A areas that provide the above riparian
Green Corridor is protected management benefits as well as wildlife habitat
open space that is managed and corridor linkages to other remnants.
for conservation, landscape Corridor linkages are particularly important for
values, and/or recreation. species that cannot or will not travel over open
The Turitea Project will plan, pasture (some birds, lizards and many invertebrates).
implement and manage a The Turitea riparian corridor will be planted with a
Green Corridor from the diverse range of ecosourced indigenous species.
entrance of the city water Some areas will be left unplanted (i.e. kept in mown
reservoir to where the stream grass) to provide for passive recreation access and
joins the Manawatu River, a views of scenic vistas.
distance of about 12 kilometres.