A summary and review of the Lake Ōmāpere Restoration and Management Project. This report covers project objectives, what approach was taken, what was achieved and what it cost.
The Lake Ōmāpere Restoration and Management Project aims to develop and implement a voluntary lake management strategy that will work towards improving the health of the lake and help establish the Lake Ōmāpere Trustees in their role as Kaitiakitanga.
Farm management plans are voluntary, and involve Lake Ōmāpere Trustees and Land Management staff from the Regional Council working with the landowner to integrate on-farm objectives with environmental planning.
Eradication and monitoring of aquatic weeds and exotic fish species is an ongoing programme of the Lake Ōmāpere Restoration and Management Project.
There has been a lot of work undertaken on the ground at Lake Ōmāpere including fencing and riparian planting, development of a nursery, seed collection and holding soil workshops.
Improving water clarity in Lake Ōmāpere is an important component of restoration and being filter feeders, freshwater mussels can help.
The Lake Ōmāpere Trustees and the Northland Regional Council have prepared a joint management strategy for Lake Omapere and its wider catchment.