Wonderful news for our Braided Rivers project. We have been awarded $100,000 by Central Lakes Trust. Thank you to the CLT. This means we have the capital funds to trap on the Dart and Rees rivers. We are now midway through a recruitment process for a contractor to do the work for us. All the applicants are excellent. It will be a tough decision.
Eiji Kitai, a Greenstone Track hut warden from Queenstown, is spending four months this summer walking the Te Araroa Trail enjoying the environment, meeting new people and spreading the word about the projects of the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust. Starting in September, he will spend two months in the North Island and then, after his summer employment, resume walking in April – to complete the South Island section of the trail by the end of May. Eiji has met many Te Araroa walkers over the years as they pass through his hut. This inspired him to head out and experience the 3000 km walk himself. If you want to help Eiji support the RDWT, please go to the RDWT website and donate. One cent a kilometre is $30, ten cents is $300. Follow his progress here or on our Facebook page.
We are delighted to announce that Real Journeys have chosen the trust to be one of only two recipients of money from their annual winter ball, which will be in August and held at Walter’s Peak. This is excellent and exciting news for us. Thank you Real Journeys. Here is a link to the flyer advertising the event. RJ advert
Great news about our Braided Rivers project. We have been awarded $35,000 by Otago Regional Council and $30,000 by Otago Community Trust. This is excellent news and means we can start planning to roll out the project. Thank you very much to both ORC and OCT.
We have just started our fund raising campaign for the Braided Rivers project. We have had our first success. Thank you to the Greenwood Environmental Trust in Wellington. Your $1500 is a welcome start.
We have had a busy few months writing business plans, feasibility studies and planning our future. We will continue our work with Projects Rock Wren and Routeburn and start a project on the braided Dart and Rees rivers. We will also raise our profile and improve our news and communication processes, including our website, social media and newsletters. We will do this for two reasons – to increase awareness of our conservation agenda and to support our fundraising plans. We will also start planning the production of a promotional film about our work and the local conservation story.
The Otago Daily Times wrote a feature article on our plans for introducing predator control alongside the Dart and Rees rivers – the Braided Rivers Project. Please follow this link to ‘read all about it’.
Photo: Vladka Kennett
Our trustees took over responsibility for managing the 34 traps on the Lake Sylvan trap line (in Mt Aspiring National Park) at the end of last month. We have a monthly roster, with each of us being responsible for the traps for the month. Thanks to Whitney, from DOC, for her patience with us and her excellent training.