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Can I still plant exotics on my land if I want to participate?

Involvement in Te Kākahu Kahukura is entirely voluntary. Respect is given to landowners’ different needs, while encouraging all landowners to work together toward the long-term vision. Exotic trees can be important as an income source for some landowners and when planted in the right place and involving the right species can also contribute to the conservation of native biodiversity. Likewise, domestic gardens in the area will continue to have a mix of native and exotic trees and shrubs, although it is important not to plant weed species that can spread into the surrounding area. For more information on appropriate tree and shrub species for this area, see How you can be involved.