Sustainable land use and the impact of extreme weather events are important themes in these studies and reviews.
Soil Quality in the Taranaki Region 2017
This five-yearly analysis of soil quality in the region was commissioned by the Council and carried out by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research. It found few significant trends but highlighted some issues which may need managing.Soil Quality in the Taranaki Region 2017 (1.6 MB pdf) (single document only)
Water & Soil plan review discussion papers & technical reports
June 2015 flood event
Heavy rainfall on 19 and 20 June 2015 resulted in severe but localised flooding and landslips in the lower and mid reaches of the Whenuakura and Waitotara catchments, throughout the Patea catchment, in the hillcountry between Toko and Whangamomonoa, and in the upper Waitara catchment.Taranaki June 2015 flood event (1.3 MB pdf) More reports
Transforming Taranaki, a booklet published in November 2011, tells how farmers, with the encouragement of the Council and the dairy industry itself, are becoming better guardians of the environment by working to reduce the amount of diffuse-source pollution going into the region’s rivers and streams – the material that is washing off pastures and into waterways. The publication describes the Riparian Management Programme and its successes so far.
Dairy stocking rates & soil ecosystem health
This 2010 study examined whether and to what extent increased stocking rates were to the detriment of species diversity and abundance in Taranaki dairy pastures. The results suggested that in the short term at least, higher stocking rates did not pose a significant threat to agricultural biodiversity.Relationships between intensive dairy stocking rates & soil ecosystem health & biodiversity (580 KB pdf) (single document only)
Sustainable land use in the eastern hillcountry & coastal sand country
Landcare Research (NZ) Ltd was contracted by the Council to survey land-use sustainability on 25 900-hectare hillcountry sites in eastern Taranaki, and monitor bare sand areas on four coastal sand country sites, for 2007. This followed similar surveys in 1996 and 2000, and showed that sustainable land management had made good progress.Sustainable land-use monitoring in the eastern Taranaki hillcountry and coastal sand country (672 KB pdf) (single document only)