Date: December 2015
Project Kaka Ground Control at Donnelly Flat, Mount Holdsworth.
Project Kaka is a 22,000ha protection zone in the Tararua Forest Park where the Department of Conservation intends to restore the forest and its wildlife through intensive pest control. The 22,000ha area has aerial pest control every three years. The Donnelly Flat 40ha area is at the eastern side of the forest park at the Mount Holdsworth Road End. The volunteer project uses ground control to eradicate pests in a high visitor area and allows the community to participate.
Volunteers are involved in checking and setting of DOC 200 traps, Timms traps, bait stations, wax tags and tracking tunnels.
Aims: Restoration in the Donnelly Flat area at Mount Holdsworth by controlling animal pests (possums, rats, stoats), monitoring pest numbers, and monitoring of native species.
Vision: to improve the habitat to support and protects native species in this high visitor use area.
Species expected to benefit from the Project Kaka include kaka, kakariki, kereru, falcon, whitehead, tomtit, tui, bellbird and rifleman.
The Donnelly Flat Ground Control volunteers welcome new members, see contact details below.