January 2012 - Tongariro Times
Tongariro Times January 2012
Whether competing, spectating or marshaling, the Tussock Traverse is sure to be a great day out for everyone in Tongariro National Park.
Heres a picture of the happy crew who spent Tuesday morning this week preparing the 750 tussocks for the event.
Summer Nature Programme - Wetland Kayak Trip
A group of about 20 kayakers, aged from 10 up, set off on January 5 from Motuoapa to paddle into Waimarino Wetlands. After crossing the southern end of Motuoapa Bay we entered the wetland through a narrow channel, through which a strong current was flowing into Lake Taupo.
Entering the wetland was like entering another world. Most of us were surprised by how beautiful, serene and peaceful it was. Other surprises included the large areas of open water, the floating islands of vegetation complete with their own plant communities and the thin parallel bands of vegetation running through the wetland. I later found out these mark where ridges are formed from storm-driven waves off the lake and the Waimarino River transporting sediment.
The trip was ably guided by Nick Singers and Harvey Steeds from the Department of Conservation, with kayaking expertise provided by Andrew of Tongariro River Rafting.
Nick talked about the threats to the wetland and the work being done by Project Tongariro and DOC to restore the wetland. For more information about this work refer to http://www.wetlandtrust.org.nz/documents/autumn2009.pdf
Complete the Clean-Up at Taonui Rail Viaduct
Most of the vegetation around the viaduct was removed by a very enthusiastic crew at the clean up weekend last month. There is just half a day’s work left to do. After completion, anyone interested could wander around and check out some of the Old Coach Road not in use now.
NOTE: Sunday 29 January is the day after the Tussock Traverse so if this event is delayed by a day due to the weather, the Taonui project will be moved to Monday 30 January.
For enquiries or to join in on this volunteer activity, contact Frank on 09 620 6650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As they say, "The mail must get through" so on Saturday morning we checked the traps at Rotopounamu and went right round the lake, hence the wet feet!
Good work guys. Thanks to Kevin Griffiths for the snaps!
Rotopounamu Update as at 20 January 2012
1 x possum on line 2
1 x Rat on line 3
41 of the 70 cards had weta tracking on them
The contractors have completely replaced all of the bait in the bait stations with fresh stuff and this will be left in place until the end of February.
Thanks again to all of the people who ran the lines.
Thanks to Ian Jenkins at Tui Lodge in Turangi
Native plant enthusiast, local Turangi resident and owner of Tui Lodge, Ian Jenkins, recently donated the native plants he has nurtured from seedlings to the Project Tongariro Nursery. Thanks Ian, your donation is greatly appreciated.
Upcoming Field Trips: a great response so far!
Project Tongariro has some great field trips planned for 2012 and there has been a lot of interest in them since the last newsletter...there are still a few spots available on these trips so make sure you register your interest asap so you don't miss out.
Email Harry Keys on email@example.com with expressions of interest.
Bridge to Nowhere Mountain Bike Ride - 17/18 March 2012
Email Mark Davies on firstname.lastname@example.org with expressions of interest.
Ark in the Park - 19/20 May 2012
Email Mary Mozingo on email@example.com with expressions of interest.
"What Community Groups Should Know About Trapping" Presentation
Saturday 4th Feb 2012 - Waitangi Day Weekend - 2pm at the Oreti Time Share (just off the Pukawa road on the west side of lake Taupo)
Dr King has been researching animal pest trapping methods. A PhD student who has just completed research on rats and mice in Pureora Forest and will talk about the results of this study. This is a great opportunity if you are down at Pukawa Bay/Lake Taupo over the long weekend or live in the Taupo area.
The presentation is organised by the Pukawa Bay Wildlife Management Group. For further details contact Jean Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted: Thu 26 Jan 2012