Jess Clark is the Department of Conservation's new Project
Gold co-ordinator for the Wakatipu and Wanaka. Photo by
The Department of Conservation (Doc) has appointed Jess
Clark as co-ordinator for Project Gold to support community
restoration of kowhai woodland throughout Otago.
Ms Clark will work on Project Gold for the next three months,
based in Doc's Wakatipu and Wanaka area offices.
She has worked mainly on remote island biodiversity for Doc
over the past two years. She has also worked on the Waitakere
City Council's Twin Streams Project, managing the restoration
of Waikumete stream margins, and was an instructor with the
New Zealand School of Outdoor StudiesAs co-ordinator, she
will be contacting people engaged in Project Gold to support
site preparation and planting.
Project Gold in Queenstown has received $10,000 a year for
three years from Kiwi Discovery and had about 40 sites it is
working with. More than 800 kowhai have been planted.
There were about 10 Project Gold sites in Wanaka. More
planting was planned for autumn and spring.
''I'm also collecting information on what's working well and
what the challenges are, such as protection from rabbits,''
Ms Clark said.
''Otago has endless kowhai woodland restoration potential and
Otago people have lots of enthusiasm for restoration
planting. It's the kind of thing that will become a long-term
Doc will run a Project Gold stand at the Arrowtown Autumn
Festival on April 13.