Steenbok Nature Reserve – Management Plan

STEENBOK NATURE RESERVE MANAGEMENT PLAN 2021/22

KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY (KM) – LEISURE ISLE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION (LIRA) JOINT MANAGEMENT
AGREEMENT

  • Obtain a renewed long term joint management agreement between Knysna Municipality and LIRA for
    the Steenbok Nature Reserve (SNR).

SNR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Stakeholder representatives nominated by KM, SANParks, LIRA, SNR Trust.
  • Portfolio holders nominated by the Friends of Steenbok Nature Reserve Trust: Finance, Membership,
    Communication, Reserve Management and Maintenance, Horticulture, Infrastructure, Public Relations,
    Planning and Projects.

FRIENDS OF STEENBOK NATURE RESERVE TRUST

  • Rationalise the number of Trustees.
  • Revise the Trust Constitution to reflect new Trustee and Management Committee structures.

FINANCES

  • Financial Statements and new budget to be prepared by end-September.
  • Budget to be reviewed mid-year.

MEMBERSHIP

  • Recruitment of new members by Committee to increase total by 10% to 330 members.
  • Membership database to be updated monthly.

COMMUNICATION

  • Daily answering of email correspondence.
  • Four Newsletters to be published per year, and one AGM Notification.
  • Update two main noticeboards after each Newsletter.
  • Post two Facebook articles per week.
  • Website with Newsletters and Facebook posts, Children’s section, Fauna and Flora sections and
    Factsheets to be updated.

PUBLIC RELATIONS

  • Maintain good relationships with KM, SANParks, Knysna Basin, LI Boat Club, LI Country Club, general
    public etc.
  • Host educational tours for school groups, societies etc.
  • Hold fundraising events.

GARDENS AND GRASSED AREAS

  • Manage Ivy Garden Services – monthly programming and weekly supervision.
  • Co-ordinate and direct KM mowing, trimming and clearing teams.
  • Develop new Rogers Way entrance garden.

SALTMARSH

  • Explore option of increasing seawater flow into Salt Marsh.
  • Regular maintenance of Boardwalks.
  • Erect signage prohibiting dogs from Saltmarsh.

WEST OF TENNIS COURTS

  • Ongoing alien and invasive clearing.

KINGFISHER CREEK

  • Erect educational signage to discourage walkers, cyclists and dog owners from damaging flora and
    fauna in order to restore and preserve the saltmarsh.

LANDS END

  • Implement frequent Allsound patrols.
  • Improve bins and signage.
  • Trim low and invasive vegetation to increase visibility, aesthetic appeal, cleanliness and safety.

SEAWALL

  • Undertake maintenance as per current environmental authorisation as breakages occur in gunite
    seawall.

PATHWAYS

  • Undertake regular maintenance and weed killing on paved pathway.
  • Regular KM mowing and trimming of pathways and towpath.
  • KM to be encouraged to pave uneven gravel parking areas outside main entrance to the Reserve.
  • Investigate the feasibility of extending wheelchair and disabled access within the Reserve.

PUBLIC TOILETS

  • Boat Club toilets to be kept accessible to Reserve visitors.
  • Options for toilets for the disabled to be investigated.

FENCING

  • The post-and-rail fencing in the Reserve needs regular repair and maintenance.
  • Investigate option of providing fencing to protect sensitive areas.

SIGNAGE

  • Main entrance logo sign to be updated.
  • Botanical name signs on trees to be renewed.
  • New information sign for Rogers Way Gratitude Garden.
  • Faded saltmarsh boardwalk signage to be renewed.
  • New educational signage to be erected at Kingfisher Creek and Saltmarsh boardwalk.
  • Temporary signs to be used as required and for ‘Dogs in the Reserve’ notifications.
  • Reserve map signage to be renewed with new maps.

BINS

  • New bins and bag dispensers to be monitored and repositioned or additional added as required.
  • Management of two cleaners to empty bins and replacing bags.

BENCHES

  • Maintenance to continue on existing benches.
  • Replacement and new benches to be provided along towpath.

IRRIGATION SYSTEM

  • Quarterly seasonal maintenance and adjustment to be done, with call-outs when required by service
    provider.

AQUIFER WATERPUMP AND SEEDPOD

  • Regular maintenance to be done.

PROJECTS

  • New SNR map to be prepared with assistance from KM IT Department, for use on noticeboards, signs,
    website and brochures.
  • Rogers Way slab to be repositioned behind tool shed once OSCAE approval received.
  • Implement ‘Dogs in the Reserve’ initiative.

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