A scoping report on the potential for research at Three Streams and Kauri Grove reserves
The Kauri Studies Trust (The Trust) endeavours to support kauri-related research, with a particular focus on kauri in urban and peri-urban areas. This report was commissioned by the Trust in order to understand how it can best support future research, and to investigate the suitability of Three Streams (TS) and Kauri Grove (KG) reserves as study sites. The contents are the culmination of three full days of field investigation, reviews existing literature, and discussions with representatives from Auckland City, the Department of Conservation, and the Kauri Studies Trust. A synthesis of previous studies at TS, KG, and the surrounding areas is provided. This informs a discussion about the suitability of TS and KG as study sites for future research supported by The Kauri Studies Trust. The report finds that TS and KG benefit from their proximity to major research institutions, existing geospatial and reference data, and proximity to other reserves with similar vegetation cover. A barrier to future research at TS and KG is that both assets are owned and managed by Auckland City (with TS being subject to an Open Space Covenant pursuant to the Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust Act 1977). Therefore, any future research at these sites requires their approval; non-invasive research is likely to be favoured in the approval process. While the ownership status of TS and KG may limit particular types of future research, there is great potential for broad-scale studies of kauri response to environmental factors, climate, and urban encroachment. These types of research can take advantage of the human capital within the Auckland region, as well as the wealth of available ecological and geospatial data. The report concludes by recommending that the Kauri Studies Trust: (i) obtain permission for future research at TS and KG reserves; (ii) establish a clear set of research themes; (iii) ensure that the provision of high-quality baseline data remain available and accessible to potential researchers; and (iv) actively engage with the research community. This report is accompanied by a digital archive of all previous works, map data (in ArcGIS formats), and a list of key research and Auckland City contacts. This archive helps to ensure that all known data pertaining to the study area, in particular unpublished works, are documented and digitised.
SubjectsField of Research::05 - Environmental Sciences::0502 - Environmental Science and Management::050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity
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