TALBOT FOREST WORKING GROUP
The Talbot Forest Working Group was formed following a seminar, that was organised by the Geraldine Community Board and Forest and Bird in 1997, because of concern over the health of Talbot Forest.
Two ecologists, Dr Colin Meurk and Dr Peter Bellingham from Landcare Research, were invited to give an overview of the “health” of Talbot Forest and to provide information on how to improve the health of the forest. They pointed out that the forest was too small to thrive and that wildlife corridors were essential to ensure a healthy future for the forest.
The group consists of members of the community, representatives from Timaru District Council, Geraldine Community Board representatives, Environment Canterbury, and Department of Conservation.
The Objectives of the Talbot Forest Working Group are:
- The provision of information that will contribute to the well being of the forest and environs.
- The protection and enhancement of existing native vegetation remnants.
- Working towards establishing appropriate linkages to Talbot Forest, to provide wildlife corridors.