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Regional News Article

Restored wetlands the goal of symposium
Feb 22, 2010
Author: Sarah Crump

The fourth National Wetlands Symposium is set to be held from 3-5 March 2010 where wetland enthusiasts, community groups, and wetland scientists will come together for the three days in Rotorua.

With a theme of Wetland Management and Restoration: Freshwater and Estuarine, the symposium will include site visits, presentations, a soapbox forum, technical sessions, and fieldtrips one that includes practical training on management techniques including pest control and hydrology.

The Bay of Plenty Wetland Forum (comprising Environment Bay of Plenty, Fish & Game New Zealand and the Department of Conservation) is organising the symposium in association with the National Wetland Trust.

Forum co-ordinator, Dana Thompson of Environment Bay of Plenty expects the symposium to attract a variety of attendees from across New Zealand ranging from landowners through to policy makers.

“We’ve invited speakers to put forward a range of balanced and relevant presentations, while posters on wetland research and community restoration projects have also been welcomed,” Ms Thompson said.

John Meikle of Fish & Game said it’s not only hunters who appreciate wetlands.

“Hundreds of landowners and community groups are getting into wetland restoration these days. This symposium provides a great way to meet other keen people and share ideas and successes,” said Mr Meikle.

The symposium will teach attendees the finer points of managing water levels, attracting birds, propagating wetland plants, helping fish migrate, obtaining funding, and monitoring the results.

A special discounted rate supported by the Department of Conservation’s Biodiversity Advice Fund is also available for a limited number of community wetland restoration group members, individuals undertaking wetland restoration on private land, and full time students.

Update: The wetland symposium has less than 20 places left with the optional Wednesday fieldtrip already fully booked.

For more information see www.wetlandtrust.org.nz