Kiwi can survive and thrive in managed plantation forests as long as a few simple precautions are taken. Managed properly, these will not disrupt how a forest is managed, nor its profitability.
In 1995, an accord was signed by the New Zealand Forest Owners Association, New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, WWF-New Zealand, Federated Mountain Clubs and the Maruia Society.
Environmental code of practice
In 2007, the New Zealand Forest Owners’ Association developed an Environmental Code of Practice. You can order a copy. The code of practice, an essential tool for anyone involved in forest management, is designed to help forest managers, contractors and staff take into account the many factors which influence forest management and operations, including kiwi habitat. The code is based around 18 best practices which are structured as practical decision–making and audit tools, and supported by extensive background material.
Management guidelines for brown kiwi in exotic forests
Wendy Sporle in association with the Whakatane Kiwi Trust have put together the Forestry Management Guidelines to illustrate how foresters can preserve kiwi populations in the forests they manage. Although the forestry examples are specific to Whakatane, the information in this guide can be applied across the North Island. This document is a fantastic first step in understanding how you can still work in these forests and keep kiwi safe.
A flyer called “Engaging the forest industry in kiwi protection” is also available to community groups, providing ideas for ways to engage with forest owners and managers in their area.