Thursday, 26 April 2007

Orokonui Ecosanctuary news

The completion of the pest proof fence is on target for May.

This month there will be two meetings concerning the ecosanctuary. The
first is on Wednesday 2 May, 7.30pm at the Waitati Hall. Graeme
Bennett will be talking about a proposal that has recently been put
together by a group of locals to lobby the ecosanctuary Trust to
relocate the site of the main entrance and visitor centre to the
valley floor at Orokonui. If this were to happen then the visitor
traffic would pass along Harvey St and Orokonui Rd.

Work is continuing on the Trust land and recently a group of 30 young
volunteers from the Dunedin City Baptist church spent an afternoon
piling rocks for future lizard habitat. Possible residents for the
area are the Common Gecko and skinks like the Common, the Green and
McCanns, all of which have become easy prey for our beloved pussy
cats.

Elton has written up a plan for the pest eradication which has been
sent off to Otago DOC Technical Support staff for peer review. This
plan will be presented at the local meeting on 16 May. Another item on
the agenda will be the role of the newly constituted business board
for the ecosanctuary.

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

by Sue Hensley


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