The cohabitants of Te Waihora / Ellesmere welcome a program to plant 68,000 native trees around the coast.
Conservation Minster Eugenie Sage says the project will create 34 hectares of new kahikatea woodland forests as part of the government’s
Lake co-chairs Steve Lowndes from Environment Canterbury and Lisa Tumahai from Ngāi Tahu, says restoration of the forest that used to exist around the lake, will offer a good conservation and cultural value.
It will create habitats for domestic birds and fish and improve the health of the wetland ecosystem by helping to prevent nutrients from flowing into the lake.
Ms Tumahai says it will improve the work of iwi and many others do to protect and restore the cultural and ecological values of the lake and its margins.
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