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Forest ecosystems

The Auckland region was once covered in a rich, diverse rainforest.

Today, due to milling, clearance and disturbance, these forests have been broken into thousands of individual fragments from less than 1ha to the 17,000ha of forest in the Hunua Ranges.

Most existing areas of native forest in the Auckland region (approximately 80 per cent) are small forest fragments of less than 10ha, many located on private land.

How you can help support forests

Bush and forest patches are vital to the survival of our remaining native plants and animals.

For information on the ways you can keep your forest and bush patch healthy, see our caring for forest fragments guide.

 

​For advice on restoring native forests, see our native forest restoration guide.

Schools can get involved with our Trees for Survival programme.

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