Mobil team joins Conservation Volunteers New Zealand tree rescue effort
Mobil Oil New Zealand’s Auckland team recently joined Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) for a day of tree rescue work along the Papakura stream restoration project in Brookby.
Mobil is proud to be a long-time supporter of CVNZ’s work and over the years, the partnership has resulted in many positive outcomes in addition to volunteer work. Mobil’s support has assisted with CVNZ’s youth education programme around the longfin eel, educational resources for classrooms and on-site conservation experiences for school children.
This large scale restoration project aims to restore and protect stream banks and water quality through fencing, planting of native trees, shrubs and grasses, water quality monitoring, weed control and community engagement on both public and private land.
Last winter, approximately 41,000 trees and shrubs were planted by CVNZ along the stream to protect stream banks, water quality and to provide important food and habitat to the creatures that call the area home.
Following the planting, the trees must be cared for approximately three years to remove strangling weeds that risk suffocating them until they are strong enough to stand on their own.
The Mobil team helped out with invasive weed removal and tree rescue.
“We all had a great time at the tree rescue project and more importantly got a huge sense of fulfillment through giving back to our country and communities. What a beautiful location! We look forward to joining CVNZ efforts again soon!” Wayne Ellary, Chair of Mobil Oil New Zealand, said.
CVNZ’s Siobhan O’Grady said, “The Mobil team rolled up their sleeves to get stuck into the tree rescue work. They were a great team to work alongside and because of their mahi, we ensured the survival of thousands of our newly planted natives by releasing them of strangling weeds.
“Mobil’s support for this project has allowed us to engage thousands of school kids in our ‘Outdoor Classroom’ which involves education about the longfin eel, water testing and tree planting to protect habitat. We are very grateful for all their support.”