Rotokare Scenic Reserve
"A community-led sanctuary project"
Rotokare Scenic Reserve Trust was formed in 2004 out of concern for the declining state of Rotokare Scenic Reserve. It is a community-owned and community-driven project, and accommodates a wide variety of community interests including conservation and recreation.
The Trust initially set out to raise $30,000 for a pest trapping project (which was successfully achieved and delivered), but the potential for Rotokare to be much more was realised soon after. Realisation came in plans to achieve high-level biodiversity restoration by
- constructing an 8.2km pest-proof fence,
- total eradication of 12 pest species from within this fence,
- establishment of a quality environmental education programme,
- re-vegetate 12.5ha of land gifted to the project from neighbouring landowners,
- establish on-site facilities (including a Site Manager's residence, workshop, and education centre),
- and begin reintroducing native species rare or extinct from the area.