Fiordland Helicopters Partner with Fiordland Lodge in Fiordland Conservation Project.

September 3rd, 2014

 

Fiordland Helicopters, along with Fiordland Lodge, have partnered with the Fiordland Conservation Trust in sponsoring the “Kids Restore the Kepler” conservation project in the Fiordland National Park. This environmental restoration project is located within the Fiordland National Park on the Kepler Peninsular, across Lake Te Anau from Fiordland Lodge & Fiordland Helicopters.

The Fiordland Conservation Trust is leading this nationally significant project in conjunction with the Dept of Conservation (DOC) Kids Restore New Zealand and the Community Trust of Southland, involving local schools and kindergartens. The Kepler Peninsular, an area of 12,000ha, is bordered by Lake Te Anau, Lake Manapouri, the Jackson Peaks and the Waiau River, providing natural boundaries to substantially reduce the risk of pests re-invading the area. A string of endangered species inhabit this area, including kiwi, whio, kaka, kea, kakariki, robin, rock wren, mohua and weka along with native short and long tailed bats and invertebrates which are also vulnerable to predation. These native birds and invertebrates need more protection to ensure their long-term survival and to rebuild numbers to a healthy population. Kids Restore NZ is a programme under the Air New Zealand Environment Trust which concentrates on helping young people to develop leadership through involvement with environmental issues. All our local students will be involved in this project at varying levels during their schooling in the Te Anau basin. The project will be used as a context for learning over a wide range of subjects as part of school curriculum – an incredible way to learn in our beautiful environment. Kids Restore NZ has already contributed significantly to the set-up of this project, and will assist with the ongoing cost to maintain the project.


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