'Kaimai Connection' receives cash boost

A voluntary programme encouraging property owners to manage parts of their land for conservation has received a cash boost.

Forest and Bird’s pilot project, dubbed "Kaimai Connection", has secured a $37,100 grant from Waikato Regional Council’s environmental initiatives fund.

The project is based on a successful programme set up in Australia in 1981 which now involves 13,300 properties.

Councillor Phillip Legg said the project encourages private landowners, who might be cautious about putting permanent covenants on their properties, to contribute voluntarily to biodiversity restoration.

The project will cover the Te Puna and Aongatete catchments in the Bay of Plenty, and links these in a corridor across the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park to the middle Waihou catchment in the Waikato.

The scheme is free to join and involves no covenants or legal obligations.

As part of the project, a Forest and Bird officer will visit a property and complete an assessment.

Landowners will then receive a report which includes a conservation action plan.

Waikato Times