Pest Free Kaipatiki works directly with the EcoEngage team to enable our communities to engage and track a wide range of ecological and conservation activities using the EcoTrack app.
Download the EcoTrack App directly from your phone's Play Store, or from the website: https://ecotrack.nz
To get started - read our PFK EcoTrack Userguide
To date, volunteers have recorded thousands of pest plant species in the Kaipatiki community and track weed control activities.
The system also enables volunteers to track predator control activities using bait station pulsing in February, April, August, November each year. And to record predator trapping at any time of year.
EcoTrack also allows for Pest Free Kaipatiki to track the work of volunteers in ecological halos and work alongside a wider range of ecological and conservation activities.
How does EcoTrack help to control weeds and to green our environment?
Recognizing pest plants:
Individuals report environmental weeds (aka pest plants) in EcoTrack with GPS location and street address. If the weed instance is big, you can report the area and height.
Where possible people remove the weed or control it with a minimum smidgeon of a suitable herbicide.
If that's not feasible, they leave a leaflet for the owner and get them involved in removal.
For more info on removal, see our Pest Plant page
Once the weed is recorded as removed in EcoTrack, it changes to a green dot on the map.
If it's not removed, volunteer street or neighbourhood champions monitor activity and status to track progressive performance.
A key step is to get occupant or landowner approval.
If the occupant is disabled or elderly, volunteer "hit squads" may help with removal or the owner/occupant can apply for contractor assistance from PFK.
Once the weed is removed (or controlled), it's good to have a programme to restore the area with native plants in bush reserves or suitable native or non-invasive plants in other area. This minimises the need for repeat visits and helps to green the neighbourhood and provide fresher, cleaner air.
Recording hours and activities:
You can also use EcoTrack to record your group's projects and activities, the number of volunteers, the hours worked, the amount of rubbish and weeds removed, trees planted, etc.
Volunteer numbers and hours worked can be recorded as a bulk figure or on an individual basis.