Helpers sought for Otawa Sanc­tu­ary plant­ing

Te Puke Times - - CONSERVATION -

The Bay of Plenty has an strong and ex­ten­sive his­tory of com­mu­nity groups work­ing to con­serve en­dan­gered wildlife and pro­tected forests.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the Otawa Sanc­tu­ary in the hills be­hind Te Puke is the most re­cent suc­cess for ef­forts over many years to pro­tect the habi­tat of the rare Otawa Hochstet­ter’s frog.

A com­mu­nity trust has been formed, the Te Whakakaha Con­ser­va­tion Trust, and they are host­ing a plant­ing day at the site of the Otawa Sanc­tu­ary at the top of No 3 Road on Septem­ber 15 to cel­e­brate the start of Con­ser­va­tion Week.

“We have been for­tu­nate to ob­tain a grant from the Lion Foun­da­tion to pur­chase na­tive tree seedlings to re­store the site of the pre­vi­ous quarry op­er­a­tions on part of the land and would wel­come ev­ery­one to come along and help,” says treasurer, Barry Galpin.

Vol­un­teers are asked to meet at the gate sign­posted near the top of No 3 Road at 10am to be guided to the site. Take a spade if you can, though there will be some tools avail­able.

There will be a bar­be­cue for lunch, but take drinks and solid footwear.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Barry Galpin 573 4632.

■ Con­ser­va­tion Week this year runs from Septem­ber 15 to 23 and the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties.

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