Con­ser­va­to­nis­ts’ le­ga­cy li­ves on

Mossel Bay Advertiser - - News - Cor­nel­le Car­stens

It was a bit­ter­sweet, yet most en­joy­a­ble e­ve­ning as trus­tees and stu­dent in­terns for­mer­ly as­so­ci­a­ted with the Pin­na­cle Point Be­ach and Golf Re­sort Con­ser­va­ti­on Trust, fi­nal­ly ba­de e­ach ot­her, as well their joint con­ser­va­ti­on dre­ams for Mos­sel Bay and sur­rounds, fa­re­well for now.

The trust hos­ted an in­ti­ma­te e­vent at Ny­a­ru Lod­ge ne­ar Brand­wag last week on T­hurs­day, 21 Sep­tem­ber, w­he­re t­he­re was re­mi­nis­cen­ce ap­len­ty.

Esta­blis­hed in 2007, the trust o­ri­gi­nal­ly tra­ded as Oys­ter Bay Re­ser­ve and ser­ved as the en­vi­ron­men­tal bo­dy for the Pin­na­cle Point E­sta­te. Af­ter the Pin­na­cle Point Re­sort's li­qui­da­ti­on, the trust mo­ved its of­fi­ces to the Pe­troSA Na­tu­re Re­ser­ve in 2014, tra­ding as the Pin­na­cle Con­ser­va­ti­on Trust. He­re, the main ob­jecti­ve was to ma­na­ge the re­ser­ve and to pro­vi­de e­du­ca­ti­o­nal out­re­a­ches, whil­st of­fe­ring stu­dent in­terns­hips.

Sad­ly, due to fun­ding chal­len­ges, the trust had to af­ter 10 very pro­ducti­ve y­e­ars in ful­fil­ling their vi­si­on of e­du­ca­ting the com­mu­ni­ty to ta­ke an in­te­rest in con­ser­va­ti­on, c­lo­se their doors. Their pro­jects we­re ai­med at of­fe­ring the re­le­vant en­vi­ron­men­tal e­du­ca­ti­on and trai­ning, set to im­pro­ve the ge­ne­ral en­vi­ron­men­tal kno­w­led­ge, which t­hey did splen­did­ly du­ring ma­ny of their schools' pro­gram­me's. K­no­wn for their success­ful col­la­bo­ra­ti­ons with sta­ke­hol­ders and in­dus­tries, their work ma­de a vi­si­ble dif­fe­ren­ce. Their ro­le fo­cu­sing on con­ser­va­ti­on a­re­as, in­clu­ded fen­cing, the e­ra­di­ca­ti­on of a­lien ve­ge­ta­ti­on, mo­ni­to­ring of fau­na and flo­ra, re­zo­ning of land, tou­rism and e­du­ca­ti­on.

U­pon mo­ving to the Pe­troSA Re­ser­ve, a mu­tu­a­lis­tic part­ners­hip de­ve­lo­ped bet­ween the trust and Pe­troSA o­ver the past three y­e­ars, fo­cu­sing ef­forts mos­t­ly on hos­ting e­du­ca­ti­o­nal out­re­a­ches to lo­cal schools, whil­st of­fe­ring stu­dents practi­cal ex­pe­rien­ces in pre­sen­ting the­se pro­jects. T­hanks to t­his, the trust men­to­red c­lo­se to 40 stu­dents in the past 10 y­e­ars, most of which gra­du­a­ted with ex­cep­ti­o­nal marks. The te­am al­so e­ar­ned their fair share of con­ser­va­ti­on ac­co­la­des

U­pon spea­king of their ex­pe­rien­ces, the in­terns said that the ex­pe­rien­ce gai­ned through the trust, has pro­ved to be in­va­lu­a­ble. Mo­re­o­ver, t­hey all agreed that t­hey con­si­der their friends­hips ma­de at the trust, being the las­ting kind. The te­am al­so clai­med their fair share of ac­co­la­des in­clu­ding a Com­mu­ni­ty A­ward (Eco-lo­gic A­wards, SABC 3); Wes­sa We­stern Ca­pe Re­gi­o­nal A­ward, PMR Di­a­mond A­ward and a GCBR A­ward.

Ma­na­ger of the trust, Ai­den Beck, said that he con­si­de­red the stu­dents who ha­ve been part of the trust, a fa­mi­ly and t­his no­ti­on was in­deed cor­ro­bo­ra­ted by all pre­sent.

For­mer trus­tee and well-k­no­wn con­ser­va­ti­o­nist F­red Or­ban lau­ded the Pin­na­cle Con­ser­va­ti­on Trust te­am for their pro­fes­si­o­na­lism. He al­so com­men­ded them on their e­du­ca­ti­o­nal out­re­a­ches, which he be­lie­ves will pro­ve in­stru­men­tal in rai­sing the next ge­ne­ra­ti­on of con­ser­va­ti­on con­s­ci­ous youth.

P­ho­to: Cor­nel­le Car­stens

For­mer stu­dents and trus­tees of the Pin­na­cle Con­ser­va­ti­on Trust re­mi­nis­ced at a fa­re­well e­vent last week. The trust, due to fun­ding chal­len­ges, had to c­lo­se their doors af­ter 10 y­e­ars. In front se­a­ted are trus­tees Ri­chard Wal­ton (left) and F­reb Or­ban...

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