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Lake Alexandrina Conservation Group
Oct 22, 2005
Author: Department of Conservation

Lake Alexandrina is a small high country lake found in the Waitaki Basin, 10 kilometres south of Lake Tekapo. The area is a nationally important wildlife habitat, particularly for water fowl and is well known for its trout. Residents and day visitors enjoy the fishing, hiking and bird watching that the area offers.

21 Volunteers from the Lake Alexandrina Conservation Group turned up to undertake wilding pine and briar removal at Lake Alexandrina on the 25th September 2004

The over-all aim of the day was to instruct the community group on basic predator trapping methods and the removal of wilding pines and briar, and then undertake work on removing briar and wilding pines in the Outlet Hut settlement area

The group met at Lake Alexandrina where there were presentations given by DoC staff: Dave Murray on the use of traps, Darrin Woods on wilding pine removal and Neville Parminter on the control of briar.

After the presentations, the group started to remove the wilding pines and briar on the roadway leading from the entrance into the hut settlement. Once this area was completed, work then begun on the lake front directly in front of the huts. A local land owner carried out briar removal using a tractor which greatly assisted in removing the larger plants of briar.

With the success of this pilot programme, a community group is now being developed at Lake Ohau south of Twizel to undertake similar work.