We held a workshop in May for local community groups to be introduced to the recently developed 'Walk-the-Line' (WTL) mobile application, and the supporting 'Trapping application' web application. WTL is extremely user-friendly, and was designed to improve data collection of trapping networks across the country, from small community initiatives to landscape scale multi-pest operations.
A total of 30 people attended the event, which was a hugely successful turnout for the day. The attendees included people from 12 local community groups, 2 local DOC offices, and DOC volunteers.
Three DOC Geospatial Information System (GIS) Analysts from outside of the Coromandel area took the time to run the workshop, provide their expertise and vast knowledge on the application, and answer any questions people had.
Every single attendee came away from the day having learnt something new, and many voiced their excitement at the future potential for the app with their group. After a quick survey at the end of the workshop, every person or group indicated that they would like to learn more about the app, and use it in some way for their existing and future pest trapping operations.
Following the great success of the day, DOC staff and attendees have been working very hard to get the local community groups and volunteers set up with their own logins to both the trapping web application and WTL mobile app.
Many groups have already entered all their trap locations into the application with the support of local DOC staff, and some have also trialed the WTL mobile app on the ground!
We are really looking forward to getting closer to our goal of getting as many community groups as possible into using the app. It will provide many opportunities and advantages to these groups such as information sharing, time saving, planning ability, and technical support. Get in touch with your local DOC office if you're interested.
The event was also a fantastic opportunity to get many of our local groups and individuals together for networking. It is very easy for everyone to get caught up in their own little part of the world, so this provided an excellent opportunity to step out of these bubbles. Many people were able to, because of the event, put faces to names, and share information and technical advice with each other.
Overall, the workshop was a huge success, and I am very glad that we spent the time and effort arranging it for our local community. The benefits from the day are continuing to emerge, and I could not have been happier with these results. Thanks to all that attended the event and contributed in some way. You are all conservation warriors!
Until next time,
Ngā mihi maioha
Alaine Holdom (Community Ranger, DOC Coromandel)