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When: Saturday 19th September 2015
Where: Department of Conservation Paradise reserve, Dart River Valley, Glenorchy
A mixture of staff from Dart River, its’ Ngāi Tahu affiliates and students from the Queenstown Resort College combined to plant over 1,000 native seedlings in the DOC Paradise Reserve yesterday.
This is the second year that the planting has taken place as part of a long term initiative kicked off in 2013 to take responsibility for and improve the areas that Dart River tourism operates in. At the same time opossum and rat and stoat traps were checked and baited with fresh material.
“I feel that being here today is about making a positive change” Stephanie Guilford of the Queenstown Resort College said. “This is my second year doing this and I signed up as soon as I saw the notice go up. It’s really hard work with a fantastic sense of achievement”
David Kennedy, Regional manager for Ngāi Tahu Tourism noted that you could see change after only a few years. “Clusters of regeneration in Paradise reserve under the Red beech canopy are the most visible outcomes. The enthusiastic support of the QRC students has been instrumental in enabling us to get so much done here. Its also really good to see the next generation of tourism leaders involved in this type of project.”