August 20, 2008

Running an Eye Over Work in the Wetlands

DAMP DELIGHT: Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick, right, was in the Waikato last week to cast an eye over the results of multi- agency work to manage peat lakes and wetlands in the region.

The minister said Lake Serpentine, near Ohaupo, was one of several peat lakes in the Waipa district that were a unique feature of the Waikato landscape.

"An enormous amount of work has gone into removing weeds and replanting of native species. Most of the recent planting work has been done by a keen group of community volunteers and I thank them for their commitment to preserving this important wetland area."

Overall management of the lake is overseen by the Conservation Department and Waipa District Council. Environment Waikato has an interest in water quality and the wider catchment management, while Fish and Game and Ngaa Iwi Toopu O Waipa have a mandate to ensure that recreational game bird hunting and cultural interests are observed.

PICTURE: Donna Paget

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