Abel Tasman 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 walked into the park from Totaranui and stayed ain huts each night.

Two of the team work on clearing major trees and branches that were felled by wind along trap lines. They were skilled with chainsaws and needed the ability to carry and move heavy objects.

All members of the team were trained to be able to navigate their way and work alone in heavy bush. A high level of fitness and fatigue management meant that the client was extremely pleased with the outcome of Nelmac’s services.

Project Title
Abel Tasman Trap Check /
Clearing Felled Trees

Client
Department of Conservation /
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 to spend three days tramping many hectares to check, clean and re-bait 200 double-box traps.

Members of the team needed to be extremely fit, capable of working alone, and able to navigate through the catchment. While working they also made 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 team cover over 100 kms of wild terrain on foot every month, to manage 54 kms of trap line. Professional, committed and feared by stoats everywhere - these guys are also pretty darn cool.