One area that was planted and mulched was the new garden area that has been created adjacent to the new walking track going across Boyes beach. The other area that was planted was part of the Millar Road wetland area. Thank you to the LO volunteers who helped with these plantings and mulching.
The Millar Road wetland area is one of the recognised areas of high ecological value which surround Lake Okareka. There are several other sites as well, many of which get care and attention from Landcare Okareka volunteers. The Millar Road wetland area is now on the Bay of Plenty Regional Council list of wetlands which are being monitored on an on-going schedule - soils, water and vegetation.
With the high lake levels much lake side vegetation has been lost, and this will be a focus for Landcare Okareka over the coming year or so.
The rat and other animal pest trapping team are still continuing to trap pests. The team is growing in numbers and has some more younger people involved. We have one volunteer who is doing a great job with targeting possums, as well as looking after a rat line - great work Elli Walter! And a huge thank you to everyone involved with this project.
Thank you to the small team of volunteers who undertook litter pick up both parts of Okareka Loop Road on either side of the settlement. Several bags of litter were collected - great work team! If you notice litter lying about, please feel free to pick it up - rather than walking or driving past!
The lakeside walking tracks have taken a fair amount of damage with high lake levels. Rotorua Lakes Council have some repair works to undertake on the Lake Okareka Walkway, before it can be safely opened. Landcare volunteers have been doing some work on the Taumaihi DOC track at the end of the peninsula.
There is always maintenance work (weed control) to be done on past plantings and we thank the Landcare Okareka volunteers who undertake this work so reliably.
Thank you to everyone who has helped with Landcare Okareka volunteer work over this past year. We are thankful to all of those who assist with this work. Wishing you all a safe and happy festive season. Hope to see many of you in the New Year.