Pest Control to Begin on Mt Karangahake

DSC_1251A pest control programme is being developed for a narrow part of the ecological corridor that links the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park with the Coromandel Ranges on Mt Karangahake.  Traps will be used to kill rats, weasels, stoats, ferrets and possums.  Protect Karangahake have been successful in receiving a grant from the Waikato Regional Council to purchase the first traps and rodent tracking tunnels.  Work is underway to reach a formal arrangement with the Department of Conservation to carry out the pest control programme, with a draft Community Agreement currently being worked on.
Before we commence trapping, we would like to carry out a baseline vegetation survey at sites around the mountain this spring.  This will allow us to monitor the success of the trapping programme as native seedlings begin to re-vegetate this sensitive ecological corridor.  We are looking for people with some knowledge of native plants to help carry out the vegetation survey.  If you are able to help with the vegetation survey or wish to register your interest in being a volunteer with the trapping programme, please contact Rachel Sorley on 021 0253 1131