Abel Tasman-Project Janzsoon trap check/clearing felled trees

A team of five Nelmac staff spent five days in the Abel Tasman National Park to clear, clean, and re-bait pest traps while recording trap data. The team walks into the park from Totaranui and stays at huts each night.

Two of the team work on clearing major trees and branches that are felled by wind along trap lines. These staff require skills with chainsaws and the ability to carry and move heavy objects.

All members of the team are required to be able to navigate their way and work alone in heavy bush. Fitness and fatigue are always a challenge, but the client was extremely pleased with the outcome of Nelmac’s services.

Project Title
Department of Conservation and Project Janszoon

Client
Department of Conservation and Project Janszoon

Location
Abel Tasman National Park

Services
Check Traps and clear felled trees - monthly

Year
2015 - 2017

Project Janszoon is a private trust working with DOC, the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, iwi and the community to transform the ecology of the Abel Tasman National Park. This video looks at the first five years (from 2012 to 2017) of the projects' 30 year journey.

Wangapeka blue duck (whio) Security Site

The client’s objective was to protect breeding pairs of blue duck (whio) throughout the Wangapeka, Fyfe, and Loadstone catchment in the Kahurangi National Park from pests such as rats and stoats. Pest traps are placed throughout the catchment and require periodic re-baiting. Nelmac flew in five staff to this remote catchment and they spent three days tramping many hectares to check, clean and re-bait 200 double-box traps. Members of the team must be fit, capable of working alone, and able to navigate through the catchment and make accurate recordings of the protected species. 

Project Title
Wangapeka blue duck (whio) Security site

Client
Departmment of Conservation

Location
Kahurangi National Park

Services
Conservation services for species protection

Year
2013 - 2017

As part of DOC's Whio (Native Blue Duck) Recovery Project, Nelmac's Biosecurity boys cover over 100 k's of wild terrain on foot every month, to manage 54k's of trap line. Professional, committed and feared by stoats everywhere -- these guys are also pretty darn cool.