Frequent vandalism compels sanctuary
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.