Planting, trapping and track maintenance in Rameka Carbon Forest
Situated in Golden Bay, Project Rameka is a carbon sink focusing on forest restoration, biodiversity, and non-motorised recreation.
Owned by the Rameka Forest Restoration Charitable Trust, the initial purchase of a 48-hectare block of land in 2008 was expanded by another 43 hectares through crowd funding in 2015. The trust owns the land, and an incorporated society manages activities on the land and the trading of carbon credits to help fund those activities.
Visitors can support the project through: planting and releasing trees, trapping rats, stoats, mice, and hedgehogs; and maintenance track work on the three recreational tracks running through the property, including the historic Rameka Track built in the 1890s and reopened in 2017.
Tree planting happens every August, with releasing taking place in spring and autumn. To participate, you will need gloves, sturdy footwear, snacks, and drinks. Tools are provided.
For details on track working bee’s, keep an eye on Facebook.
Volunteer trap checkers are always needed. You need to be physically able, enjoy walking, and have sturdy footwear.
You can also support the project by making a donation – all donations go directly to activities to improve the land, such as tree planting, pest control, etc. Or consider becoming a member; annual membership is payable online through the website.