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How you can help

There are a range of ways that you can help achieve the goals of Project Mahitahi, either as an individual, a community, or an organisation.

Project Mahitahi will be planting at least 125,000 trees in the catchment over the life of the Project, on publicly-accessible land.

To do this, we will be holding several community plantings which you can find out about by signing up to our newsletter project.mahitahi@ncc.govt.nz and/or keep an eye on the Project Mahitahi Events page and Nelson City Council's Facebook page

Tanekaha kahuroa/celery pine is iconic in the Mahitahi catchment

If you are a landowner you may also consider including plants endemic to the Maitai Mahitahi valley as part of your planting schemes and restoration projects.

The Living Heritage: Growing Native Plants in Nelson guide provides useful information about the different ecosystems in the wider Nelson Whakatū Region. Click here to access the guide: nelson.govt.nz/assets/Environment/Downloads/living-heritage-nelson-native-plants.pdf (821KB PDF).

Pest plants and pest animals are an ongoing challenge for both restoration plantings and established native bush.  Removing pest plants effectively will help contribute to the wider gains being made in Project Mahitahi plantings by the Jobs for Nature Field staff. You may also wish to consider targeting pest animals on your property by trapping rats and mustelids that impact our bird life, or for those working on larger sites and land areas, working with your neighbours to focus on browsing animals including possums and goats.

A range of resources to help with advice on planting and pest control can be found on the Nelson Nature webpage

If you are an individual, group or organisation with a restoration project underway, you may be eligible for an environmental grant. For more information go to: nelson.govt.nz/environmental-grants-scheme