Thursday, 21 June 2007

Orokonui Ecosanctuary closed for good

Warning Note: this article contains Anticipatory Retrospection
(content date = 21 June 2007 Publication date=2 July 2007)

On the 24th of June members, volunteers and friends of the
ecosanctuary, accompanied by the drummers of the Waitati Militia,
closed the gates to the 320ha Orokonui Valley forest ecosystem. Those
who went on the "closing walk" were given a taste of one of the new
tracks through lizard habitat-to-be and into a podocarp type area
including rimu, miro and pahautea the mountain cedar.

For the next 6 months or so until the pest eradication is completed,
the area will be closed to all except staff and volunteer workers
(ring Val 482 2806 for planting and elton@orokonui.org.nz for other
work).

However the perimeter track is open and is now gravelled. This track
offers a 10 km walk around the outside of the ecosanctuary and
includes a close-up look at the historic 1880s stone wall on Mopanui
Road. Walkers may also choose to walk from Mopanui Rd over to Osborne
and round the headland to Mapoutahi and back along to Doctors Point
beach. Please be aware that there is a very steep section of the
perimeter track along the north-eastern sanctuary boundary and this
can get very greasy in wet weather.

A very big thank you goes to the Green Hut Track Group who mowed the
track along the stream to the fence (first having to remove hundreds
of flax leaves). Great job!

For further information on the ecosanctuary see our box at the
Blueskin Bay Library or visit www.orokonui.org.nz

by Sue Hensley

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