Kiwi can survive and thrive in managed plantation forests if a few simple precautions are taken.
These precautions need not disrupt how the forest is managed, or its profitability. The Department of Conservation is able to provide advice for major forestry developments.
More ideas and information are also available from:
- Our DVD, How to Save Kiwi.
- The Guide to Forestry Management for Brown Kiwi in the ‘Resources’ section of this website.
Forest owners sign up to acting responsibly
In 1995, an accord was signed between the New Zealand Forest Owners Association, New Zealand Farm Forestry Association, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, WWF–New Zealand, the Federated Mountain Clubs and the Maruia Society.
Its ‘Principles for Commercial Plantation Forest Management in New Zealand’ include the following:
Where threatened species are known to occur within plantation forests and their presence is considered significant by the Department of Conservation, plantation managers shall consult with the Department of Conservation on management practices with the objective of conserving the population.
What forest owners can do
General rules of thumb for preparing, maintaining and harvesting a kiwi-friendly forest are:
- Leave pockets of native vegetation, and maintain native bush along stream sides and wetlands.
- Avoid using fire to clear land.
- If possible, avoid roller crushing and bulldozing to clear land.
- Plant the forest in small compartments that vary in age so birds have a chance to find a new home when mature trees are harvested.
- Avoid harvesting from June to October, the main kiwi nesting time.
- Control predators.
- Only give access to reliable hunters who have trained their dogs to avoid kiwi.