Weed clearance is currently happening in the area between Boyes beach and the Millar Road stream. On the other side of this small stream, the land becomes Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve, which is Department of Conservation managed land. There should be no dogs being taken along this track whether on leads or off, within the Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve. The rules regarding dogs in scenic reserves are quite specific - no dogs at any time. The same applies to dogs on the new track coming from the DOC camp and heading out to the "jumping off" rocks. We are waiting for some new signs from DOC for the track, which will remind people about this area being Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve.
Once the weed clearance is completed, work will then begin on putting in drainage along the track, where required, and other work related to removal of top soil and duff and levelling the track which is called benching - a lot of this benching work has been completed on the DOC camp side of the wetland. Eventually the track will have timber edging which will be filled with compacted gravel to create a good hard all weather surface. Drainage materials, timber edging, gravel, hireage of equipment to cart gravel and compact it, and so on - will all be paid for from profits made by the DOC camp which LOCA volunteers help run (see page 18).
In the meantime, we are awaiting hearing further about funding requests to help pay for the materials and construction of timber boardwalks in the lower lying wetland areas and bridges over the numerous small streams.