Renowned for its rugged, forested ranges and sweeping coastline, the Gisborne-East Coast region is home to many of New Zealand’s most special native species, and our branches are active in preserving that unique natural heritage.

Our branches are advocating for increased pest control in areas such as the Urewera and Raukumara Ranges, where introduced pest species such as deer are destroying the native forest and subsequently the native birdlife. Forest & Bird members also take a hands-on role in pest control in the region.

The branches also keep a close eye on local and regional plans to ensure the region’s rugged landscape is protected from erosion by promoting regeneration of native vegetation and discouraging the clearance of inappropriate land.

And around the East Coast’s coastline Forest & Bird is advocating for the establishment of several marine reserves to protect Gisborne's unique marine environment.