Kauri rescue – citizens combating kauri dieback
More than 200 landowners have signed up to a community-led social science programme backed by BioHeritage that's aiming to save Aotearoa New Zealand's iconic kauri tree.
Kauri Rescue is broadening the suite of practical tools available to control kauri dieback – a disease that’s killing thousands of the taonga (treasured) trees. The collaborative project is also providing information to landowners to help them treat their own trees and feed vital information back into the programme to help others.
July 23–28 2018 was Biosecurity Week and this project ties in perfectly with the week’s theme of Shining the Light on Innovation.
Since its launch 18 months ago, Kauri Rescue has recruited more than 200 landowners. It has also tested soil on about 130 properties, providing those landowners with advice on general kauri health.