Club Night October 2018
The Club intends to hold another Herbert Forest Guided Walks day on Sunday 14 April 2019. This is a family day for those who would like to find out more about bush walking, with walks of different lengths in this podocarp forest remnant.
2 car loads did a circuit from Sullivans dam to the top of Mount Cargill via the difficult north route. Map reading skills were practiced on the way.
9 members climbed the Little Kyburn Track to the Mt. Buster shelter and from there to the white gravel Kyburn diggings and Mt. Kyburn.
More work has been completed on the Swallows Track in the Herbert Forest with a 20m boardwalk installed plus more graveling over wet areas.
The head of Lake Wakitipu, with day walks including Mt. Judah and Mt. Alfred.
A Waimate walk or bike day.
Dromedery Hill. A 1000m climb on a 4WD Track in the Lindis Conservation Area. This website has more details for these trips on the “Whats On” page.
The Wednesday Walkers had day walks along Katiki Beach with fascinating rock formations, Dave’s track in Trotters gorge, Glen-Ridges beside the North Waiho River and a 15k there and back walk up the Timaru Walkway to Centenial Park.
Our Guest speaker for Club night was Rob McTague from the North Otago Sustainable Land Management group. He told us how they are working with farmers, regulatory authorities such as the Otago Regional Council, North Otago Irrigation Co. and community groups, to improve the quality of North Otago’s rivers and streams.
Farmers have water quality testing sites at strategic positions on their farms which enable them to make suitable decisions, such as where to do riparian planting and how much fertilizer to apply, so as to meet the ORC thresholds. He pointed out that it is not just farmers who can pollute rivers, but also urban areas and wildlife such as seagulls who can cause problems.
NOSLAM is also working with Tourism Waitaki to enhance the A2O bike Trail corridor with suitable native tree plantings. Funding for this type of community work is available from the Otago Regional Council.