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Reply #15 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 6:55am
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gooseman wrote on Mar 26th, 2015 at 6:36am:
Many a great scheme was hatched when sitting and thinking this one looks like it will be a cracker. Thanks for posting a GOOD report  hope Max will help with the digging.


Max has the site foreman job already locked in, sorry no digging for him, he has his spot on the hill barking orders.
Jokes aside great plan you have there Shanks good luck with everything.
  
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Reply #16 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 7:12pm
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Miggie, hes just informed me he needs a high vis vest and hard hat. Thanks.


So heres a rough idea of what I hope to achieve, subject to survey.



there are still some areas on the true left that will also be fenced out, and another sediment pond placed on the left as well that I havn't marked out as they will most likely be third year projects as i redefine the paddocks and build new accessways as the main farm track cuts right though the valley floor right now.
  
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Reply #17 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 7:22pm
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May the dreams turn to reality Shanks.
  
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Reply #18 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 7:34pm
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im glad to know im not the only one who has great discussions with dogs Smiley
great thinking spot, everyone should have a thinking spot imo.
  
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Reply #19 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 10:17pm
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This is an awesome thread. A fantastic project and enjoyable story to go with it.
  
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Reply #20 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 11:04pm
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QE2 be any help in this Shanks? Have had a good run with them (and F&G) on wetland creation in the past
  

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Reply #21 - Mar 26th, 2015 at 11:41pm
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I will definitely be approaching the gamebird habitat trust. What sort of help do QE2 provide? I thought they were mostly about conserving existing resources, not creating new?
  
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Reply #22 - Mar 27th, 2015 at 12:02am
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Brilliant project. Would love to see the progression of it.
  

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Reply #23 - Mar 27th, 2015 at 12:32am
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I will definitely be approaching the gamebird habitat trust. What sort of help do QE2 provide? I thought they were mostly about conserving existing resources, not creating new?


Restoration is part their business too - http://www.openspace.org.nz/includes/download.aspx?ID=127452

Don't know in your case but presume it would have been swampy/boggy before farm development 1st began?

In the case I know of, they paid for a chunk of the boundary fencing, which was a huge help, and have helped with advice on planting and management. I know they are getting more popular so funding will be getting tighter

Personally I really endorse QE2 - the covenant is arguably giving up some property rights but it is protection irrespective of owner, they are a good help, and its a good news story for farming.
  

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Reply #24 - Mar 28th, 2015 at 10:21am
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Reply #25 - Mar 28th, 2015 at 6:47pm
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Cheers, Some useful info there.
  
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Reply #26 - Mar 28th, 2015 at 9:39pm
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CIB wrote on Mar 26th, 2015 at 10:17pm:
This is an awesome thread. A fantastic project and enjoyable story to go with it.


What that man said sums it up for me. Cool
  
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Reply #27 - Mar 30th, 2015 at 9:38pm
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That thinking hill is a magnificent thinking hill. I've even thunk there myself a time or 3.

Good luck with the wetland  Cool
  

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Reply #28 - Apr 8th, 2015 at 3:58am
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As I think my way through this project, i realise that there is much I can do now that will save time next year. If I put up a new dam wall across this stream, I need it protected from the start. The first new fenceline is about 450 meters in length. Im better off having that completed before this winter sets in so Im not stressing myself next summer. The last week or so has seen me layout and dig in the 12 strainers and run the two guide wires ready for digging in the posts.



Because this is an organic farm, Im not allowed to use treated timber posts, so the whole thing will be done using concrete. With a strainer weighing in excess of 150kg, it teaches you to get the hole pretty well correct first time.
Also the soil here is very thin and gives way to rock very quickly, so I made a decision not to run the bulldozer over the fenceline to cut it straight. Preferring to put in a few more posts and foots rather than have to chip through rock with a crowbar. So far the plan has worked and Ive only needed the bar a few times. It also puts me a day or two ahead and saves me moving a couple of hundred cubes of soil.

I have put a gateway two thirds of the way along the line to allow me to access the wetland from the top side. Im going to start with the long side of this fence first, and have to lay out 70 posts. Then will start the other which will need a further 40.

I have a contracter coming to quote this week, and also will see if there is any pre build work he can do in the next few months that will cut down on time next year as well. Things like access ways and track culverts to make our movements easier over next summer.
  
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Reply #29 - Apr 8th, 2015 at 4:58am
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Mmmmmm looking good already! Cool
  
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