Moir Hill

Transition from production forestry to native vegetation

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Moir Hill is a 330ha ex forestry block that is in the process of being transitioned from production forestry to native vegetation as part of a rural subdivision.

The project aims to restore native vegetation across the entire site providing valuable ecological linkages at a landscape scale, and extend the habitat for a range of native fauna already found within native forest remnants on the property including: Hochstetters frogs, fernbirds, longtail bats, native geckos, copper skinks and kauri snail. 

“Scrub’s approach is that nature knows best, and we have taken a minimal intervention approach to the restoration with the management of natural regeneration - native planting formed a minor component of the overall project strategy.”



The project started in 2015 and is ongoing. Work to date has included extensive site analysis with high-resolution drone mapping and field work, and the preparation of a high-level restoration plan.  Our Operations team planted around 20,000 native plants and undertook extensive plant and animal pest control. The site was recently used for trials into the electronic tracking of animal pests.

Work on this project has also included field trials of aerial control of pampus in naturally regenerating areas and we will continue to develop methodologies for broad scale control of environmental weeds on this site.


Our Role


Scrub’s role includes:

  • Feasibility scoping for restoration and consent

  • Project planning and advice

  • Preparation of resource consent docs and attendance at RC Hearings etc

  • Supplying and planting of 20,000 native plants

  • Plant and animal pest control

  • Eco-sourcing in preparation for future planting

Key Project Statistics

  • 50 ha SEA proposed for covenanting

  • 225 ha ex forestry land to be resorted to native vegetation

  • 20,000 plants supplied and planted