For members who receive the NZ Farmer rural newspaper each week, you might remember the issue of October 12.
The centre spread has an article about working to clean up streams, and one of our members – Ossie Latham – is a driving force behind that initiative. Landcare Trust regional co-ordinator in the Manawatu, Alastair Cole regards Ossie as a community champion for the effort he has put in over the past few years to encourage other landowners to help clean up the streams and the rivers.
Trees have been planted, and streams fenced off, locals (not only farmers, also lifestylers) have embraced the clean streams idea, and a local school has taken on the idea as a continuing project.
Most farmers are enthusiastic about the project and one said he hopes it won’t be long before fish are seen again and the birdlife flourishes.
DU members with a squirrel nature may have older Flight magazines tucked in a cupboard. In Flight 195, April 2014, page 5, you will find a story about Ossie, and the beginning of this initiative.