We have plants waiting to go into the ground, but until the ground dries out and lake levels recede we will not be able to do much more planting.
The only area dry enough for planting will be the new garden areas that have been created adjacent to the new walking track going across Boyes beach. Thank you to those hardy souls who have turned out for Landcare Okareka working bees in what has at times, been not very pleasant conditions.
In the meantime, the rat and other animal pest trapping team are still continuing to trap pests - Congratulations everyone in the team doing this work on passing the 1000th rat trapped. A huge thank you to everyone involved with this project.
It is very heartening to mention that we have some very keen young people who are helping out with rat trapping and also with Landcare Okareka and LOCA Walking Track Working Bees. Thank you so much for your interest and assistance.
All of the environmental projects happening at Lake Okareka appreciate everyone's interest and help. Read more about all of these projects - rat and animal pest trapping, Rotorua Forest & Bird pest control project to help protect native birds and mistletoe in the Tikitapu Scenic Reserve between Tikitapu and Okareka; what you can do to help in your own backyard with rat trapping and bait stations - elsewhere in the Lake Okareka Newsletter.
Watch out for the Landcare Okareka notice boards advertising Working Bees. Usually they are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. Let me know if you would like to be on the email list - firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 362 8865.
Hoping for some fine weather to help dry everything out soon - so we can get into doing more planting. Looking forward to seeing some of you at the coming working bees.