http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/ne ... or-Te-Miro wrote:Te Miro Forest is to be turned into a recreation reserve for mountain-bikers, kayakers and runners.
The 40-hectare forest, between Cambridge and Morrinsville, has been covered in pines but they were recently harvested and will be replaced by redwoods.
The pines were planted as a cash crop to be harvested every 30 years but the financial benefits of doing this have been labelled "insignificant" by the Matamata-Piako District Council.
Mayor Hugh Vercoe saw the change as a positive step for keeping people active as well as for the environment.
The relatively regular harvesting of the pines was seen as a negative due to the soil erosion and the damage to cycling tracks it created. Redwoods deter weeds from growing and increase land stability.
Te Miro Forest will be based on a vision of Rotorua's Redwood Grove, which has walking and cycling tracks as well as a visitor centre. Mr Vercoe said planting of the new trees would begin soon.