Pipiroa-Te Wahapu Watersheds is a NEW project started in 2016 led by Living Waters in collaboration with Russell Landcare Trust, the BOI Walking and Walkways Trust and the FNDC.
Located on the Russell Peninsula of the BOI, both watersheds flow into the Veronica Channel between Opua and Paihia or Russell.
The Okiato-Russell walkway runs through both watersheds and much of the project’s work is initially focused around disturbed areas near the walkway, which was constructed and continues to be maintained by the BOI Walkways and Walking Trust.
The 100 ha project area includes:
Te Wahapu Scenic Reserve
Te Wahapu watershedesplanade reserve/paper road;
Pipiroa Scenic Reserve;
Pipiroa Recreation Reserve; and
Pipiroa access-way/legal road.
The goal is to protect and restore the ecological naturalness and ecosystem sequences in these watersheds.
The sequence of ecosystems we are protecting and restoring is mature native hillslope forest (including kauri), valley floor floodplain forest (including kahikatea & pukatea) through freshwater wetland to saltmarsh and mangrove forest to sand-shell barrier spits to coastal soft sediment waters.