Thursday, 22 March 2007

Fwd: Orokonui Ecosanctuary fence nears completion

The earthworks for the predator proof fence are now complete. Just a
little more work on the fence and on a few culverts and the fence will
be closed. An event to mark this milestone will be held at the end of
April or early May.

The Ecosanctuary area will then be closed until all pests have been
eliminated. Initially experienced ground teams will shoot goats,
possums etc. This will then be followed up by poisoning. There will be
an aerial drop in the main area and hand baiting of the stream edges
and inside the perimeter fence.

Lots of other work is happening too. There have been groups preparing
and cleaning seed and pricking out seedlings. Thanks to Blueskin
Nursery for space and Les Cleveland for seed. Groups have also been
working on the Trust's property, planting and releasing native trees
and grasses. If this sort of work appeals to you, ring Valerie Fay on
482 2806 to go on our mailing list.

For further information on the Ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library, visit www.orokonui.org.nz or come along to our
next local meeting on May 16th, 7.30pm at Waitati Hall.

by Sue Hensley

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