Kauri Dieback Recreation Project – Proposing tracks for closure

 

The Department of Conservation has announced a proposal to close a number of tracks to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease and save kauri for future generations 

In 2014, the Government provided the Department with funding to manage the human spread of kauri dieback on tracks on public conservation land. This resulted in the Kauri Dieback Recreation Project. As there is currently no proven cure or treatment for kauri dieback, we can only save kauri by stopping it from spreading. To achieve this, the Project has taken the following approach:

  • upgrading tracks to protect kauri roots and eliminate wet and muddy sections
  • developing and installing cleaning stations
  • introducing initiatives to change people’s behaviour as the evidence shows that people are the main vector for the disease
  • closing tracks

More information about this work is available on the DOC website - http://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/diseases/kauri-dieback/ Track Closures

The decision to close a track is not taken lightly, but has been considered in situations where there is:

  • high kauri dieback risk
  • low visitor numbers
  • high upgrade and ongoing maintenance costs
  • a similar experience is provided in the vicinity

Not all tracks are being fully closed. Partial closures are considered where we are able to close a section of track to protect the kauri there and still retain the experience.

 

Consultation

Track closures are done in consultation with local Iwi/hapu, key organisations and individuals associated with the track. While consultation occurs at this local level, DOC also want to ensure other stakeholders and recreational users are made aware of the closures and the reasons for them.

Attached for download is the list of tracks proposed for closure. Feedback and submissions are welcome and can be emailed t the address below. Once consultation is complete, DOC will advise the final decisions and proposed actions.

Submissions

DOC would appreciate responses by 31st July 2018.
Please email your submission to: kauridieback@doc.govt.nz