The Department of Conservation works incredibly hard to both maintain the national park and to restore it to its original ecological landscape. However, without help they can’t get it all done. Luckily this area is filled with trusts and volunteers who deeply care about the ecological restoration of the Abel Tasman National Park, like the Abel Tasman Birdsong trust, the Mārahau Halo Trapping Project, and the Abel Tasman Tree Collective. Each organisation focuses on their own area of expertise but they all work closely together, banding together for better sustainability in the Abel Tasman National Park. We are extremely grateful and big supporters of the work that these organisations are doing. During our trips we tell our participants all about the restoration projects and we can even physically point out the difference these projects are already making. Besides sharing information about these projects we also offer these organisations financial support.
Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust
Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust’s vision is that the forests and beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park are once again filled with native birdsong. They work together with tourism operators, the Department of Conservation, Project Janszoon, and the community. The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust utilises enthusiastic volunteers to undertake extensive predator control along the coast, plant and maintain native trees, remove wilding pines and control a large suite of weed species, and manage the population restoration of New Zealand’s precious native bird species.
Mārahau Halo Trapping Project
The Mārahau Halo Trapping Project is a locally led, community based initiative to support ongoing trapping systems in the Abel Tasman National Park by creating a pest free halo around the southern entrance to the Abel Tasman National Park. The aim is to reduce pests, focusing on stoats and rats to start, from entering the National Park and thereby preserving the native wildlife. The Mārahau Halo Trapping Project is working with the advice and support of Project Janszoon and the Abel Tasman Bird Song Trust.
Abel Tasman Tree Collective
The Abel Tasman Tree Collective is a collaboration between the commercial operators and accommodation providers of the Abel Tasman region. It enables visitors to contribute to the restoration of the area and to minimise the impacts of their carbon emissions while visiting and enjoying the Abel Tasman National Park. Until now, there have been few avenues for the park’s visitors to contribute directly to the conservation of this amazing place that they come to enjoy. The Abel Tasman Tree Collective aims to pioneer a culture of philanthropy from the park’s national and international guests, directly funding the planning, eco-sourcing, propagation, planting and maintenance of native tree restorations in local protected areas. Plantings are identified by the community for the community, and landowners sign an agreement binding them to care for the plants. If you would like to make a donation to the Abel Tasman Tree Collective please click here.