A great visit to the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board region
Last week I attended a meeting of the Nelson Marlborough Conservation Board followed by a field trip into Abel Tasman National Park.
We took a boat into the park from Kaiteriteri Beach, staying overnight at the Anchorage Hut, a spacious 34-bunk hut built in 2013.
On Friday morning we walked along the golden beach at Anchorage to see where Motueka High School students have planted a range of dune species for dune restoration.
I learnt from DOC support staff about “Goodnature” A24 self-resetting traps, which are being used by Project Janszoon and Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust to control rats. Each gas-powered trap will re-set itself up to 24 times.
Another boat ride and walk brought us to Onetahuti Bridge. This bridge and boardwalk were completed in late 2013 allowing all-tide access across Richardson Stream. The bridge has been built to reflect the design of a maori waka, a wonderful example of working together with mana whenua iwi to incorporate symbolic elements into the park infrastructure.
The Conservation Board will shortly be involved in a partial review of the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve Management Plan, which will be notified for public submissions this week.