On this trip, Bronnie and Jonathan were joined by Simon and Penny, with a guest appearance by Garth Baker. During our stay, we were joined by several Nelson and Golden Bay locals to give the lower half of Great Expectations some TLC. It should be running sweet now.
The weka certainly seemed to approve of our track work.
Now, let’s see… Chris, Paul, Bronnie, Louise, Bob, Eva, Marie, Garth, Penny, and Axel. Jonathan was behind the camera. Simon was counting trees. Johnny was on his bike somewhere, Mark and Glenda were still on the track, and Ricky and Corina had just left.
On this trip, we also released 1,000 seedlings from weeds and did a survey of all the climax species between 350 metres elevation and 450 metres elevation. Thanks to everyone who joined us. Good times
Another interesting job done was a survey of over 500 beech and podocarp trees, mostly planted between 2009 and 2012. Here is a summary of results.
What we discovered was that totara, beech and northern rata really need full light to thrive. If they were being shaded by other trees, then they weren’t growing. So we cut back a lot of pittos and five finger to create light wells.
Garth Baker admiring a rimu planted in 2010