The Waimea Inlet is in the heart of the Nelson/Tasman region. Like many of our coastal estuaries the Waimea Inlet was once regarded as an estuary wasteland by some people. However today people understand and realise the important role this area does and can play for natural biodiversity and regional productivity. The estuary itself, due to its unique natural heritage values, plays a key role in maintaining biodiversity and acts as a filter between land and the marine environment Tasman Environmental Trust has been working closely with the Department of Conservation, Local Councils, Iwi groups, community groups and private landowners on a partnership project that will see the planting of over 70,000 native trees on freshwater, island and estuary margin sites around the Waimea Inlet over the coming 3 years. This project is part of the Governments One Billion Trees fund. The restoration of the Waimea Inlet will not only benefit biodiversity values on site but will provide a link between other biodiversity projects across the region
Tasman Environmental Trust has been working with MPI to finalise the detail of the funding grant (from the Billion Trees Fund) which will support the planting of over 70,000 native trees and estuary margin plants in the next three years.
We expect to be able to place our order for trees for the 2020/21 planting season soon. Applications have been received for the Programme Coordinator position so you could say the “site preparation” for the project is nearly completed. The Waimea Inlet Restoration Partnership includes Councils, DOC, Battle for the Banded Rail and some private landowners around the Waimea Inlet.
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