Covering Up

Thursday 19 September 2008

Busy, busy, busy. And it’s all good fun too. On Thursday, Bronnie and Jonathan were joined by a few of the Thursday regulars.

John was first up the hill and spent the morning ‘releasing’ native trees of the faster growing pines. Now they have some space, we hope these trees can really spread their branches and cover some ground. Jonathan spent the day releasing native trees of barberry.

On the covering up theme, Andy, has been busy building the parts to a verandah. Bronnie was his helper for the morning, then John and Martin got stuck in and by late afternoon, it was really taking shape. A big thanks to Andy for supplying the inspiration, and to Simon and Sarah for donating the funds for the materials.

The verandah not only looks great, but it will also help keep muddy boots and wet clothes out of the Lorax Lair.

Just before dark, a posie headed off up the Rameka Track for a ride, and Martin, John and Andy stayed the night up at Canaan Downs.

Project Rameka Committee

Wednesday 18 September 2008

The Project Rameka Committee has made a lot of progress in the last three months. If you are a member of Project Rameka, then you will have already been sent an update from the secretary, Marie Langley. Here is summary of that update (for more information, join the Project Rameka Incorporated Society).

LOGO: Every good project needs a logo, so thanks to Josh and Cory for creating this one. Feedback has been very positive.

FUNDS: Seamus, the ultra-efficient Project Rameka treasurer, reported that the society has only has $447.74. We will have to start fundraising soon if we are to achieve the overall goals of conservation and recreation.

SAFETY: Johnny Mulheron from Mapua is working on a health and safety plan. This will be dynamic, so if you have any ideas on how to make Project Rameka a safer place, please pass them on.

PESTS: Matt has so far done 5 night shoots, 3 paid for by Project Rameka Society, 2 by Bronnie and Jonathan. He has also given quite a bit of voluntary time. The result is that no hares or possums were seen this week, and there is no evidence of damage to the recent plantings. There are plans for more shooting.

TREES: There are plans to plant 120 trees this weekend (see above). Aim will be to plant 1000 trees next year. Funding is needed (hint, hint).

TRACKS: Three main tracks are planned: easy (for riding up and easy down), intermediate and a technical expert trail. The easy track is the first priority. There is also a rumour that neighbours will be opening a coffee trailer this summer, right beside the border of Project Rameka. So we expect coffee addicts (ie, most mountain bikers) will want to build a track to it. Watch this space…

GENERAL BUSINESS: Jonathan acknowledged the time spent working on the Project by various people since the last committee meeting: includes further plant protection, track building, pine tree felling and ring barking, site exploration for future tracks etc, and the addition of various features around the Lorax Lair such as the outside bath, firewood shelters, and inside shelves etc. Thanks to all involved. A “To Do” list will be created for anyone who wants to go up and spend time working on the Project outside working bees. This will be displayed at the Lorax Lair as well as being available at the Quiet Revolution Cycle Shop or by email/phone on request.

Tree Planting


Forest restoration is the core business of Project Rameka, so it was great to have another good turn out for the Saturday morning tree planting session. There were two goals, first to plant 20 Northern Rata (supplied by Project Crimson) and then to start planting fast growing native trees beside Rameka Road.
Many hands make light work, and the tree planting was no exception. All thanks due to Fil and Albie, Derek, Frankie, Chris, Derrie, Jonathan, Bronnie, Patrick, and Ricky.


Tracking on Through

Tuesday was set aside for track design with Ricky Ward, Jonathan and Bronnie. The main task was to continue an easy track from the historic Rameka Track down to Rameka Creek. There are plenty of steep slopes at Project Rameka, which we were keen to avoid, so a lot of time was spent walking back and forth with a clinometer, measuring the terrain and finding the easiest way down hill.

By the end of the day, we had marked out another 500 metres of gently sloping track that avoided native trees and rocky terrain.

Take the Hint?

Forest restoration can be a smelly business, so thank goodness Martin and friends have installed an outdoor bath! And what a luxury it seems after a hard days’ work to soak away with the stars above and Golden Bay below. But be warned, getting the temperature just right is not easy. A cold bucket of water nearby is essential.