New Plymouth local and DOC Biodiversity Ranger Ellen Squire has been helping dozens of dedicated volunteers who service stoat traplines on Egmont National Park.
Ellen was seconded to this role from her Community Ranger position six months ago. She’s loves working with individuals, families and businesses who are passionate about helping to restore the biodiversity of Mt Taranaki.
“I enjoy providing opportunities for people to get involved in conservation,” says Ellen. “DOC does incredible work which I am privileged to do and it is awesome to share that with others.”
Ellen supports volunteers who look after 21 traplines containing 856 stoat traps. Most of these traplines protect whio which live in nearby rivers.
The five-yearly whio census was completed earlier this year which found whio living across the national park.
Whio are fiercely territorial and a pair need about a kilometre of fast-flowing river or stream for themselves. So, with around 200 whio now living around and across the national park, work is underway to maintain and increase trapping networks by another 8700 hectares.
More than 60% of the 4700 predator traps across Egmont National Park are managed by volunteers. This covers the Kaitake and Pouakai Ranges, and Taranaki Maunga.
The Taranaki Mounga Project are extremely grateful to Ellen, the DOC team and all the locals and businesses who support our vision of restoring our Mounga – he kawa ora – to bring him back to life!