6th December 2022

Meet a Trapping Group – Queenstown Climbing Club

The team on planting day at Remarkables Station

The Queenstown Climbing Club conservation squad had a busy November with two planting days at both QEII Remarkables Station and Queenstown Hill. Not exactly trapping but creating habitat and biodiversity!

The early November a crew from the Queenstown Climbing Club teamed up with Southern Lakes Sanctuary, QEII National Trust and the Whakatipu Wildlife Trust in a new effort to re-establish Totara trees on the West face of the Remarkables. 

Ten of us beavered away for the morning with the QCC team of Peter Nipper and Natalie Sharples clearing 5 large areas of high bracken. Phil Green with a bung knee supervised while the rest of the crew followed on preparing the holes, planting, staking and putting in some protective mesh. 

While just a beginning it is pretty exciting to see the first Totara reintroduced to the Remarkables. We all enjoyed kicking back at the end for a flask of tea and Ma Boulangerie croissants. 

A huge thanks to Nita (QEII), Daniel (WWT), Matt, Paul, Greg and Bonnie (SLS) and the QCC team for making it possible. 

Also, thanks to Whakatipu Reforestation Trust for donating the plants. 

And last weekend we carried about 15 Mountain Beech up to our secret ‘’Meadows‘’ spot high on Queenstown Hill to extend our Mountain Beech project. This is our third planting here and it is great to see our earlier trees from 2019 and 2020 becoming established.

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