Was at the reserve last night checking out the latest on the erosion issues and sadly its not slowing down. We have lost some small totaras and a few medium to large ones are on a lean/ hanging out in space and are as good as dead. Just thought it would be good to have a forum topic to discuss whats been achieved so far in terms of engaging with the council and suggested plans. Eventually it will all come down to money and if we get enough, from my limited understanding, a few loads ( quite a few even) of big rocks, well placed, out from the eroded bank and back filled then planted with flax, may be a good start. I believe an engineer is/has looked at it and would be good to keep interested people informed and the ball rolling in order to save that piece of unique forest.
I have an aerial video taken from the helicopter about six months ago and I will endeavour to get another one to map out whats gone so far.
Also would like to look beyond erosion control and into future plantings to enhance the reserve. In talking to Craig who is working on establishing a nursery for riparian plants, He suggested having a good planting plan and some keen folk may be enough to channel some funding and trees towards the reserve..... would be great!