Volunteers going the extra mile for alpine predator control – Christchurch Press

One Christchurch club is going the extra mile for conservation in Te Manahuna Aoraki, with members regularly undertaking 650-kilometre round-trips to check stoat traps in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

The Canterbury Mountaineering Club has stepped up to support volunteer group Predator Free Aoraki – a group of conservation-minded locals based in Aoraki/Mt Cook Village – after its numbers declined due to Covid-19.

Last year the Te Manahuna Aoraki conservation project  gifted Predator Free Aoraki 120 new traps to extend their network in areas like the Sealy Range, Tasman Lake Flats and Hooker Valley – the first time the national park’s backcountry had been trapped.

But many of the volunteers left the village during the pandemic, and the remaining members were left struggling to check all the trap lines.