Wilding Pine Removal and Native Replanting
Wilding pine removal
We have been funded by the Marlborough District Council and the Lotteries Commission for pine tree eradication. This work is part of the wider Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust's overall plan for the greater Sounds area.
Endeavour Inlet is in the northern Marlborough area of the Sounds Ecological District, and within the Stokes ecosystem. The project area around Endeavour Inlet extends from sea level to Mt Furneaux at 823m.
The Stokes ecosystem is centered on Mt Stokes (1203m) and the main ridge systems leading off it. Much of the area is very steep to moderately steep evenly contoured hill and mountain slopes, and bluff landforms are common. The coastline has several large inlets (including Endeavour Inlet). Fans and alluvial terraces and floodplains are well developed compared with the rest of the Sounds, largely from stream deposits off Mt Stokes.
Originally, the area was predominantly covered in forest, with the exception of rock and beach shoreline fringes, coastal and inland bluffs, estuaries, alpine areas, active floodplains and dune systems. Tall forest is a significant feature of the ecosystem.
While some ecosystem types are quite depleted, including lowland swamp and kohekohe forest, a significant amount of native forest bush remains – both beech and podocarp. Additionally, large areas of regenerating forests consisting of kanuka, manuka, tauhinu and broadleaved species are present where land has been left to regenerate following earlier clearance. These areas are starting to support rimu, tawa, nikau and pukatea naturally reintroduced by kereru feeding in Howden's Bush.
Trust members are all committed to supporting the regeneration of native bush in the Inlet, and where possible are actively replanting native species on their land.