Community Rangers Lauren Kelley and Michelle Lambert organised a workshop for each town with generous support from local businesses, Mitre 10, ITM, International Panel & Lumber (West Coast) Ltd, Coast Toyota and Geotech Ltd who donated building supplies, advertising and funding to help purchase sixty DOC150 traps.
These boys have been checking their trap regularly since the event
Image: Jolan Kilkelly ©
Workshop facilities, tools and helping hands were also provided by Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth and the Westland Industrial Heritage Park in Hokitika.
Nearly 100 people turned out to the family-friendly workshops and participants of all ages enjoyed learning or teaching new skills, getting hands-on and working together for conservation.
"We're hoping to grow this into a Coast-wide community initiative; we've already received heaps of positive feedback and requests for follow-on workshops," says Community Ranger Lauren Kelley.
Three generations working together
Image: Michelle Lambert | DOC
To gauge interest and track how the programme grows, a project called West Coast Backyard Trapping has been set up on Trap.nz. All members of the West Coast community are welcome to register their traps here.