Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Living Legends Orokonui Estuary Working Bees

By Lucy Hardy

Living Legends North Otago is looking for help maintaining its native restoration planting site at the Orokonui Scenic Reserve near Waitati.

Living Legends is a national community conservation project that has coordinated seventeen native tree planting projects throughout New Zealand.  Each planting project is run in conjunction with a provincial rugby union and is dedicated to a regional 'Rugby Legend'. These are people who have made a significant contribution to rugby in New Zealand and Kees Meeuws is Otago's Rugby Living Legend.

The inaugural plantings took place on public conservation land in locations and on dates that coincided with Rugby World Cup 2011 games. Living Legends is making a five year investment to plant a total of 170,000 trees throughout New Zealand by the end of the project in 2015.

Living Legends is a partnership between The Tindall Foundation and Project Crimson and is sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Meridian Energy. 

Orokonui Scenic Reserve is the location for the North Otago Living Legends planting site. The site is a 28 hectare tidal estuary at the base of Orokonui Valley. It is an important area for whitebait and wading birds, and provides a peaceful recreation area for local residents. With the establishment and growth of native plantings, the restored habitat will provide important foraging habitat for the birds of Orokonui. To find out more check out:  http://www.livinglegends.co.nz/regions-events/otagonorth-otago/

We are looking for groups and individuals who would like to adopt a patch of plants to help with ongoing maintenance, or to come along to regular working bees. We have a regular working bee on the last Sunday of every month from 9.30 – midday. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Lucy at the Department of Conservation, Coastal Otago Area (lhardy@doc.govt.nz or 03 474 7094).

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