Associate Professor Margaret Stanley, University of Auckland on the Urban Forest

13 June 2019
Remuera Library

Despite efforts from Auckland Council to maintain tree protection, amendments to the Resource Management Act in 2015 lifted blanket tree protection in urban areas and removed protection for the vast majority of trees on private urban properties. When considered alongside urban development, threats from pests, diseases and the impacts of climate change, our urban ngahere forest is under threat and needs a special focus. The objective of the council strategy is to have average tree canopy cover of 30 per cent across our urban area, and for all local board areas to have more than 15 per cent canopy cover. The council wants more trees across all of Auckland. How can we save our trees from these threats and development?

Margaret Stanley, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, has broad ecological interests and her research group has covered a menagerie of organisms, from invasive ants, weeds and feral pigs, to urban trees and birds. Her research aims to understand and mitigate the impacts of people on biodiversity, particularly the impacts of invasive species and urban development.

See – an urban forest for Auckland.

When: Thursday 13th June 2019 at 6.30pm

Where: Remuera Library, 429 Remuera Road, Remuera

Members free; non-members $5.