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Kauri Dieback prevention in Le Roys

The Le Roys Bush and Little Shoal Bay Management Committee is joining the North Shore Branch of the Forest and Bird programme to try to control the risks of Kauri Dieback disease.  We are pleased to see that visitors to Le Roys are using these cleaning stations. Thank you to the helpers who are monitoring these stations.

News about Kauri Dieback - Sep 2015

If you missed Bec Stanley talking about Kauri Dieback - here's the link to RadioNZ's broadcast:

How you can help

  • Volunteer to help monitor the stations - we have volunteers for each station - but would be grateful for more backup volunteers to cover holidays etc
  • Clean your shoes or boots when you enter and leave Le Roys
  • Keep children, dogs and friends to the tracks - do NOT walk around near Kauri trees
  • Tell your family and friends
  • Let us know if you see that the cleaning stations have run out of disinfectant or have been damaged
  • We will be looking for a new volunteer to monitor the Le Roy Tce station from December 2012

What we are doing

Footwear cleaning stations have been installed at the three entrances to walking tracks in the Le Roys Bush reserve
(we are not planning to cover the Little Shoal Bay or Lutners Reserves at this stage):
  • Onewa Road (installed 4 August 2012)
  • Le Roy Terrace/Hinemoa Street (this cleaning station was set up 29 July 2012)
  • Track entrance off the Glade Place/Valley Road walkway (this cleaning station was set up 29 July 2012)
  • Additional cleaning stations will be set up soon at the reserve entrances at Fairfax Ave, Dudding Park and the new entrance opposite the library.

Location of Le Roys Bush kauri pathogen cleaning stations

Each cleaning station has a sign and a black plastic box containing a brush and 2 bottles of Trigene disinfectant.

Some photos, quotes and links for more information

Symptoms of kauri dieback pathogen

Kauri tree dying from kauri dieback pathogen

"The fungus-like disease has established itself in kauri forests in the North Shore, the Waitakere Ranges, Hunua Ranges, Great Barrier Island and Northland forests. 

The pathogen is spread through contaminated soil and water movement between trees. 

This can occur through bird and animal activity, however the main cause of spread is people walking and cycling in areas surrounding kauri trees. 

Forest & Bird’s North Shore branch has been working alongside the Auckland Council to halt the spread of the disease by erecting signs and maintaining boot-cleaning stations at three North Shore reserves -  Kauri Glen, Kauri Park and Fernglen in Birkenhead.

“Kauri dieback has the potential to destroy thousands of mature kauri throughout Auckland. This would be a huge loss, keenly felt by many people who treasure our natural world” said North Shore branch chairperson Richard Hursthouse."

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