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Upper Clutha Conservation Network

Welcome to the Upper Clutha Conservation Network. Following on from the Community Conservation Forum held in Wanaka in May 2014, this network is for groups, individuals and landowners undertaking conservation restoration work in the Upper Clutha region. From the feedback generated at this meeting we identified that there are opportunities for collaboration, information sharing and development at a more operational level to be explored. Objectives of the network:
• To identify ways the conservation groups can work together to exchange information and to create synergies

Lake Runanga Restoration

We are restoring Lake Runanga back to its former health and fostering the return of locally extinct species back into the wetland and adjoining re-established bush. The overall lake level (350 ha.) has been restored to historic levels and now we are focusing our efforts on fencing off the lake from adjoining farmland, controlling willows within the wetland and re-establishing native forest around the lake as well as implementing long term predator control. 2.2km of fencing has already been done and 3000 plants planted. This winter will see a further 20,000 native plants planted.

Friends of Birdwood Reserve

Friends of Birdwood Reserve are a group of dedicated volunteers working to restore an important area of urban native forest in the Kaiwharawhara Stream valley. Key activities include weed and rubbish clearance, tree planting, track building, and visitor education.

Forest type is Lowland Broadleaf-Podocarp, with a mix of remnant and regenerating areas. The valley floor is generally fertile, and retains moisture year-round - a great habitat for planting the now uncommon Swamp Maire.

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