Organisation: Motutapu Restoration Trust Project: Weed control in Central Gully next to the Watershed planting in the Home Bay Forest.
Website: http://www.motutapu.org.nz Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MotutapuRestorationTrust Organisation profile: The island is experiencing an exciting, large scale and long term transformation. Our project is the largest ecological restoration endeavour in New Zealand. Motutapu is only 30 minutes by ferry from downtown Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and is linked by causeway to Rangitoto Island in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. Motutapu and Rangitoto are now pest free islands - please, we need your help to keep it that way. The Motutapu Restoration Trust is committed to restoring the natural and cultural landscapes of this beautiful and very special island Project outline: The forest planted by volunteers (the Home Bay Forest) has reached an area of remnant bush (Central Gully) closely associated with the Watershed Wetland area. The project is to clear mothplant (Araujia sericifera) and associated weeds from the remnant bush area and intervening pasture. If left unchecked, moth plant will grow in the newly planted forest inhibiting the growth of native species and interfering with natural ecological processes. While volunteers are used extensively for moth plant control on Motutapu, contract support is required for chainsaw and herbicide use to clear gorse and kikuyu harbouring mothplant so that the volunteer effort can be as efficient as possible. Amount awarded 2013/14: $10,000 Amount awarded to date: $30,000
Auckland Zoo field conservation report - 2013 / 2014