The Department of Conservation (DOC) is concerned at the illegal removal of trees by unknown persons from Donner’s Bush Scenic Reserve located on Riverside Road, 10 kilometres from the Gisborne city centre.
I would like to remind the public that Donner’s Bush is a scenic reserve and the removal of trees is illegal as it represents theft from the rest of us says Gisborne Whakatane Acting Area Manager, James Holborow.
“DOC staff responded to a complaint from the public that someone was cutting down trees for firewood. They visited the reserve to find stumps of three freshly cut Kanuka with fresh green slash easily visible from the road” says Mr Holborow.
Donner’s Bush Scenic Reserve is 7 hectares located on Riverside Road next to the Waimata River. It is a highly fragmented riparian remnant of semi-coastal forest containing Kohekohe, Tawa, Pukatea with components of Karaka, Titoki, Puriri, Nikau and Kanuka.
“It was reserved for its values for riparian ecology and stream bank stability” says Mr Holborow.
The public are asked to report any suspicious behaviour to the DOC office or local Police. A motor vehicle registration number and a description of the person(s) involved would be helpful.