Help restore our Critically Endangered Sand Fynbos at Tokai
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We support the harvesting of all Monterey Pine plantations at Tokai Park (also known as Tokai Forest) and the restoration of Critically Endangered Cape Flats Sand Fynbos to the harvested areas by South African National Parks (SANParks) management.
The area is home to over 110 plant species threatened with extinction or extinct in the wild and restored at Tokai by Kirstenbosch. Following pine harvesting and fynbos restoration elsewhere at the site, more than 300 plant species have already naturally returned. Wildlife such as Cape Fox, Porcupine and Caracal are now recorded here and more animals should move in as further restoration takes place. This biodiversity exists successfully alongside well-used dog walking and cycling routes through the Fynbos. We can live together.
On Tuesday 30 August, 2016, MTO Forestry began felling the pine trees they planted for timber in Lower Tokai Park. This is their final harvest here, allowing restoration of this area to Cape Flats Sand Fynbos.
We oppose Parkscape’s campaign to stop the pine plantation being harvested.
We are prepared to assist with and support the establishment of tree plantings within the Tokai and Constantia Green belts and urban parks for those who would like permanent shade.
We support SANPark’s measures to increase visitor safety and provision for shade at Lower Tokai. We want our Fynbos back.
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