Freshwater & Estuarine Wetlands

  • Surveys
  • Identification of species and habitat/vegetation types
  • Assessments of relative ecological value
  • Management assessments
  • Monitoring

Wildland Consultants Ltd has a very strong portfolio of experience with wetland restoration, assessment and site management. Staff have undertaken wetland survey and restoration projects in many parts of New Zealand, including Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Northland, Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Waikato, Taranaki, Manawatu, Wellington (including the Wairarapa), and various parts of the South Island.

Recent projects include management of the restoration of wetlands at Hannahs Bay (willow control, water management, planting, boardwalks, interpretation panels etc; management and implementation of the Norske Skog Tasman restoration project; a wetland restoration project for CHH Tissue upstream of the Norske Skog Treatment Ponds; identifying survey and monitoring priorities for lands administered by the Department of Conservation; wetland restoration (excavation, planting, willow control) at Lake Okaro and Awakaponga Wildlife Management Reserve; preparation of a restoration plan for seven wetlands surrounded by dairy farms on the Rangitaiki Plains.

Vegetation surveys have been undertaken for all the wetlands on the Rangitaiki Plains, Lake Tamurenui, Tumurau Lagoon (1992), Tahuna-Putauaki (1992), Young Wetlands (1994), Kohika (1993), Kopuatawhiti (1995), Lake and Pupuwharau (1992). A wetland register was compiled for the Otago Regional Council and a database was prepared of all wetlands in the Bay of Plenty Region. A major survey of wetland and stream margins in plantation forests has been completed for Fletcher Challenge Ltd. Other projects include monitoring of turf communities at Lake Whangape; survey and assessment of key wetlands in the Waikato and Franklin Districts; assessment of significance of wetlands in the Otorohanga District; and preparation of a restoration plan for wetlands on a dairy farm near Reporoa. Many other projects have been undertaken on wetlands throughout New Zealand.

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