There is no known end point
Once past the initial sweet buzz of enthusiasm for the Whakatikei project , you have to soon take the long term considerations in to perspective.
Like a child something is being created , something that will out grow yourself , and when you have started something such as a restoration project there is no turning back , no stopping for a cuppa , here there will not even be the security of fences , the fence is made by the determination of people , their time and energy , so it is already a bit like this , I now already owe it to this project to never stop in my time , and to line up a pass , so this project can be handed on into the future and we can always move it forward.
The way I see it , for the first many years a lot of the time will be spent defending the boundary’s as the surrounding and more distant forests will not yet have the luxury of have being worked on , there will be a constant weight of incoming pests against our boundaries of protection .
For the more distant future I see it most likely that this will reduce as all the forests around get more assistance to be free from the demands of the possums the rats the stoats , etc.
As this happens the focus can tighten on truly refining the restoration aspect , having more time to spend on chasing the less damaging mice for instance , and this project becoming more and more like a sanctuary , and then the truly rewarding job , of the re introduction of some of the species that once roamed through here.
Too late for this lot
Species that can be reintroduced