Natives planted at Dart River

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Natives planted at Dart River

Dart re vegetation project underway

A team of seven volunteers kicked off Dart River Jet’s re-vegetation project near Glenorchy at the weekend by planting a thousand native seedlings.
 
The seedlings were planted at an area of the riverbank known as ‘The Narrows’ near Paradise.   
 
The initiative is part of a long-term project dedicated to re-vegetating wilderness areas in which Dart River Jet operates. 
 
To give the new seedlings the best chance the area has been included in the recent Routeburn–Dart DoC predator control programme.  Traps have been spread through the bush and fencing improved to protect the area from farm animals, particularly cattle.  
 
Ngai Tahu Tourism regional general manager David Kennedy said the project formed an important part of the company’s dedication to the environment in which it works. 
“One of Ngai Tahu Tourism’s core values is ‘Kaitiakitanga”,” he said.  “This is about nurturing and protecting the natural environment in which we operate”
 
“We are thrilled by the efforts of our volunteer team from Queenstown Resort College and Dart River, which means the project is off to a stellar start.”
 
The volunteers were made up of five students from QRC’s Adventure Tourism course and Dart River Jet employees Nigel Kerr and Martin Langford.
 
QRC students Jessie Novak and Stephanie Guilford said the work was fun and satisfying and that it felt good to get out and work in the environment.
 
“It was hard work, but a fantastic opportunity to learn a lot about the unique species here,” added student Andrew Bloomfield of Australia. 
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Green fingered volunteers plant a thousand native seedlings (L – R) Tom Strawbridge (Nelson), Rohan Bhatnagar (India), Jessie Novak & Stephanie Guilford (Hamilton), Martin Langford (Dart River) and Andrew Bloomfield (Australia)