Environment Waikato has granted $2000 from its Environmental Initiative Fund towards Kakepuku Mountain Conservation Society’s restoration plan for the historic Reserve.
The society has been working with DoC and Waipa District Council to establish pest control on the mountain. Possum and rat numbers have dropped dramatically and goats have been eliminated, with DoC relocating endangered North Island robin to the reserve.
The society now wants to establish a management plan to restore the reserve. Cr Barry O’Connor said support for community initiatives to control pests and restore ecosystems was one of the most cost effective ways that Environment Waikato could make progress towards its biodiversity restoration objectives.
The society will be undertaking consultation with landowners and other stakeholders near the Reserve southwest of Te Awamutu.