September 4, 2008

Locals Focus of Conservation Week

MEET the Locals is the theme for this year's Conservation Week.

It will celebrate local species, places and the Taranaki environmental groups protecting the region's wildlife.

The New Plymouth Tramping Club and the Department of Conservation are kicking off the week with a Father's Day tramp along the Kaitake Ranges on Sunday.

DOC community relations ranger Mike Tapp says the week's activities give people a chance to explore local terrain and meet the people doing the hard yards to protect native wildlife.

"Groups like the Taranaki Kiwi Trust, Forest and Bird Society and the Rotokare Trust, all those groups who play a vital role in the environmental community have a chance to show the public what they do," Mr Tapp says.

There are several activities on next week's agenda, including movies, mountain and bush tramps and slideshows.

"The tramps vary in difficulty and they have amazing views along the way," he says.

Conservation Week runs from September 7 until September 14.

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