Outdoors Forum considers Kauri Dieback

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06/07/2018 11:38am

The 2018 Outdoors Forum is only a few weeks away and registrations are open now. It is the networking and motivational event for leaders in the outdoor recreation and education space. And this year it is taking on the troubling issue of Kauri Dieback.

Guest Present Ric Balfour, Parks Project Officer for Thames-Coromandel District Council, will look at Kauri Dieback and asks, ‘Where else will these people recreate when their playground is closed’.

Balfour will present a case study on visitors’ perspectives and behaviours towards Kauri Dieback at Long Bay Reserve. He will then lead an expert-panel-facilitated Q&A on responding to access barriers caused by disease and pollution. The discussion will cover water quality, sporting events and threats to whole reserves and other large precious areas.

Other Forum highlights include Duncan Watson, Facility Manager telling the journey Motutapu Outdoor Education Centre went through when flooding and slip damage closed the centre over a year ago, Outdoor education school teachers sharing how they grew their programmes on the smell of an oily rag, and Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich on becoming the first person to circumnavigate New Zealand.

The forum is on 23 and 24 July at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre in Auckland.

Anyone who is interested can register for the 2018 Outdoors Forum online.

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