In November 2004 a group of enthusiasts formed the Ohau Conservation Trust under the guidance of the Department of Conservation.
The Trust aims to promote awareness of the Lake Ohau area's unique biodiversity, and the need to preserve it. We also work actively ourselves; which means clearing weeds - lots of weeds! - then replanting with eco-sourced native species.
Only a few Trustees and volunteers live permanently at Lake Ohau. Others are frequent visitors; some from as far away as Auckland, even Australia and America. All of us care deeply about the area. We have been dismayed in particular by the spread of wilding trees across what was open tussock grassland. Where the wilding trees have taken hold, all native biodiversity is lost. Unless something is done, the special nature of this countryside will be lost forever.
Trustees are determined to protect and preserve the unique Ohau Area.
Current Trustees are:
- Grant Eames (Waimate) - Chairperson
- Viv Smith (Lake Ohau Alpine Village) - Secretary and Treasurer
- Genevieve Becroft (Auckland)
- Warren Baker (Dunedin)
- Wendy Biggs (Christchurch)
Funding to acquire loppers, herbicide and a range of safety equipment has come from a private conservation foundation, DOC and Weedbusters. The Waitaki District Council and Environment Canterbury have also been supportive. Grants towards further work are continually being sought from other community group funders.
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