The West coast branch covers a long spread region from Kahurangi to Haast. It covers one of NZ’s largest wilderness areas. There are five National Parks in our region, including Kahurangi, Paparoa, Authurs Pass, Tai Poutini Westland, Mount Aspiring and the World Heritage Area of Te Wahi Pounamu.
The West Coast branch has been fighting for the protection of the West Coast wetlands for nine years. These wetlands are of significant national value and need to be protected. We also do ongoing work to restore little blue penguin habitats.
Volunteers can get involved in numerous ways. Plant propagation and pest control are always on our agenda. Forest and Bird is organising a Bioblitz on the Denniston Plateau from the evening of Friday, March 2 to the evening of Sunday March 4 2012. We need volunteers!
The Denniston Plateau has been given resource consent to be mined by the Bathurst Australia’s Buller Coal Ltd. This area is a very significant piece of land due to its geological history, altitude, humidity and lack of predators. Saving the Denniston plateau is one of Forest and Bird’s core campaigns.