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Come clean to The Coromandel – be a kauri champion this summer

20 Dec 2017  By Contributor

PRESS RELEASE: Destination Coromandel
The Coromandel Kauri Dieback Forum is calling on everyone visiting Peninsula forests this summer to help prevent kauri dieback disease spreading amongst Coromandel Peninsula kauri by observing some simple hygiene precautions.
– Clean all dirt off your footwear, tyres and equipment before and after every visit to a kauri forest.
– Stay on tracks at all times and off kauri roots. Walking on and disturbing soil around the roots can spread the disease and also damages fine feeder roots.
– Always keep dogs on a leash as they can spread soil too. If hunting or moving between forests, clean their paws as well as your own gear.
None of our popular walking tracks have been identified with Kauri Dieback,  so it is very important to follow these basic hygiene practices to avoid unwittingly picking up the disease and carrying it to kauri that are free of infection.
If you want to look at kauri, go to places where there are boardwalks so you can get up close without damaging the tree’s roots. A great place to see mature kauri are the 309 Kauri Grove, the Long Bay kauri walk, the Square Kauri and the Twin Kauri.
New Chum Beach/Wainuiototo, a very popular place to visit but the Whangapoua catchment, is a hot spot for the pathogen that causes kauri dieback so it’s important not to take short cuts or trespass through private property. When walking to New Chum Beach stick to the public track – do not wander.   Once you reach the beach, stay on the sand. Resist the temptation to explore or camp behind the beach as there is kauri dieback in this area.
Kauri dieback disease is a major threat to kauri, killing trees of all ages and sizes by destroying their feeding roots.  Kauri dieback travels naturally through soil and groundwater but has spread much more rapidly through New Zealand kauri forests because people have transported infected dirt from one area to another.
Tell your visitors about kauri dieback and how they can help protect our kauri,  especially if they are coming from infected areas in Auckland and Northland.
Remember, to protect our Kauri Forests, follow the simple hygiene practice and ‘Come Clean’.
Three top tips for cleaning footwear
·       Remove the soil first, paying special attention to the treads. Dispose of soil in your rubbish bag or where people won’t walk.
·       Scrub off every trace of soil with hot soapy water – soles and uppers. This is the most important step. Repeat until all the soil is removed. Pour dirty water down the drain or into your septic tank.
·       Rinse clean, and spray with Sterigene solution, or a diluted solution of household disinfectant, as an added precaution.
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