Volunteers wanted to help keep parks pest free
Aucklanders are being given a chance to ‘‘adopt a forest’’ to help fight the war on pests.
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) is looking for local volunteers to help bait and reset traps in Auckland parks.
There is currently a team of 150 volunteers, monitoring pest trap lines across 16 parks in Auckland.
CVNZ is now seeking more volunteers and will be holding training sessions on February 11 in Roy Clements Treeway and St Johns Bush.
With a focus on safety, the training session will teach volunteers how to set and unset traps, and how to remove dead animals.
Volunteers need to be fit and comfortable dealing with animal carcasses, but otherwise anyone over 17 years old is welcome to apply.
CVNZ’s Auckland regional manager Clair Hobi said the programme usually ends up with a waiting list and attracts all sorts of people.
CVNZ would like volunteers to commit for a year and once trained volunteers will ‘‘adopt’’ a forest and walk their trap lines through native bush every two to four weeks, baiting and resetting traps and recording the catches made.
The programme is funded by Auckland Council and has had more than 200 local volunteers involved since it began in 2004.
CVNZ regional manager Claire Hobi is calling on volunteers to ‘‘adopt’’ a forest and help in the fight against pests.