Vol­un­teers wanted to help keep parks pest free

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - JAMES PASLEY

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.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

CVNZ re­gional man­ager Claire Hobi is call­ing on vol­un­teers to ‘‘adopt’’ a for­est and help in the fight against pests.

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