Lake Ohinewai Project – Major Weed Removal

Friday, 30 June 2017

Waikato RiverCare Inc’s new WCEET funded project, Lake Ohinewai, is well into the pre-planting weed control stage with two very effective agrichemical applications having been completed over the last 6 months.  In February, Waikato RiverCare engaged Stiles Contracting Ltd’s expertise and machinery to clear the dead weeds on this 2.3ha project.  Using this sort of machinery to clear weeds is a first for Waikato RiverCare. The 100 HP Rubber Tracked Skid Steer machine has a 1.7m front mounted mulcher which will cut and mulch the unwanted vegetation from the project site. This will ensure that targeted and accurate vegetation control with little risk to non-target vegetation will be achieved.

Once the machine has been through and cleared the dead weeds, regular agrichemical applications will be completed to ensure the project will be in the best condition for planting during our 2017 planting season. This year, Te Whangai Trust have once again won the contract to provide plants for all of Waikato RiverCare’s planting projects in August/September this year. Te Whangai Trust have been contracted to supply 39,189 native trees and grasses including 11,730 to be planted at the Lake Ohinewai project.  The site will continue to receive regular agrichemical applications for three years after planting to ensure the new plants thrive and weeds do not take over the project site once again.

A new project sign was constructed at Lake Ohinewai in December 2016. The location on Tahuna Road allows both lanes of traffic to view the sign and lake in the back ground and it has already generated a lot of interest in the project.

Two other WCEET funded projects are also progressing well after planting of the sites took place in August/October 2016. Taupiri Ki Waenganui had 12,523 native trees and grasses planted on second phase of the project, while Mangawara Catchment Project 1 had 6,454 plants planted on site. Both sites are now in the post-planting weed control phase and will continue to get regular checks over the next few years.

A big thanks goes out to WCEET who have been great supporters of Waikato RiverCare’s work over the years.

Nigel Stiles' 100 HP Rubber Tracked Skid Steer Machine

Nigel Stiles’ 100 HP Rubber Tracked Skid Steer Machine

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Clearing Weed