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Ronga Reserve is an important lowland alluvial podocarp forest in the broader Te Hoiere/Pelorus catchment.  It is ranked highly as a restoration site, with towering totara and matai, surrounded on three sides by valley streams with oxbow wetlands and springs, and is home to endangered long-tailed bats. 

Forest & Bird have been working collaboratively with Marlborough Branch to restore the alluvial forest that has been affected by past tree-felling and grazing.  We are involved with replanting 1000 trees every year, weeding, and monitoring bat populations.  This is a long term project of very high value, and we are pleased to work closely with the Department of Conservation and adjoining landowners.

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