Fre­quent van­dal­ism com­pels sanc­tu­ary

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

A re­cent act of van­dal­ism at Lake Moananui which saw 64 newly planted shrubs ripped out has sparked For­est and Bird of­fi­cials into ac­tion.

For­est and Bird sec­re­tary Jack Groos counted the up­rooted plants and a wrecked wooden seat.

‘‘We would like to do a (sur­vey) of users and see if they are in favour of us mak­ing this into a bird sanc­tu­ary. Then do a pe­ti­tion to the coun­cil,’’ Mr Groos said.

For­est and Bird would like to turn the three is­lands at the top end of Lake Moananui into a bird sanc­tu­ary to stop peo­ple van­dal­is­ing.

‘‘It is es­sen­tial that we turn it into a bird sanc­tu­ary be­cause there are some pretty rare species up there,’’ For­est and Bird trea­surer Frank Rod­well said.

‘‘Plants are ripped and stakes are taken. It is no good putting in an­other stake be­cause they just take them out again,’’ Mr Groos said. ‘‘That is a lot of trees taken. We have to re­place them and are a year be­hind again.’’

SANC­TU­ARY: South Waikato For­est and Bird sec­re­tary Jack Groos wants to turn the three is­lands at the north end of Lake Moananui into a bird sanc­tu­ary.

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