About Us

 

It’s all about connecting the dots… across the landscape

purpose & approach

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Who we are

Our roots are in rural Rodney. Being local, we understand the realities of living on the land, and strive to connect the best information, people and services to our communities so that they can make the right decisions for their land or area. 

Our Purpose & Approach

Our purpose is through practical landowner-centred support, enable the protection, enhancement and connection of forest remnants, wetlands and other landscape to provide safe habitat for indigenous wildlife. 

As our projects have grown, we have delveoped a model for targeting our predator control and fencing activities to acheive our goal of a connected landscape.  This approach is designed to help communities and landowners to protect precious wildlife habitat. Communities are supported to grow their local precious places into ‘hubs’ of ecological protection.

Once these hubs are established, we help to create a halo effect around them, gradually expanding the activities and volunteer base. We also work with land owners in these areas and provide materials and manpower so that they can fence off native bush remants, control plant and animal pests and, plant native trees to link up bush remnants. We also work with school and community groups and involve them in our efforts to create the forest bridge.

All of these things connect together into networks of protected biodiversity which will form our bridge of connected landscape.

Meet our Team

Kevin & Gill Adshead

Trustees

Founders of The Forest Bridge Trust, Kevin and Gill Adshead, are retired from managing a large family farm, Mataia, at Glorit on the south eastern shores of the Kaipara Harbour.
However, retired is probably not quite the right word as they are still managing the biodiversity of the property, including kiwi, through intensive pest control, and fencing and plantingof waterways.
“We work for the Trust because we have a passion for supporting farmers and landowners as they work toward setting and achieving environmental goals for their properties.”

Liz Maire

Trustee and CatchIT Coordinator

I’m an environmental educator and facilitator with 30 years involvement in delivery of
conservation programmes, managing community partnerships and volunteer
programmes. I’ve run my own outdoor safety management business and worked
with the Department of Conservation, NGO’s and private business. I enjoy working
with the Forest Bridge team as a Trustee, they are professional and passionate
about making this project work. Helping communities that care about their
environment – and seeing them take action makes my heart sing.

Thomas Stazyk

Trustee

Thomas joined The Forest Bridge Trust when it was formed in 2014 as he is
committed to the vision and could use his business experience to help out. 
Previously he has spent 28 years with Ernst & Young in the US and Japan
specialising in financial audits of global companies, information systems auditing and
forensic accounting.  Tom is also a trustee of the CUE Haven Community Trust,
which owns and manages CUE Haven, a former dairy farm which has been restored
back to native NZ forest reserve by and for the community.

Joy Paxton

Trustee

Joy Paxton joined The Forest Bridge Trust in 2020 bringing many years and a broad scope of Small Business, Human Resource and Employment leadership, consultancy and advisory skills and experience to the Trustee role.

As well as recent voluntary field work, Joy is an enthusiastic and energetic contributor to all
conservation work and includes committee, membership and field roles with Warkworth Forest & Bird, TOSSI, Hauturu Supporters Trust, Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi and Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists Trust. For several years, as a Board member, Joy lead the Rotary Youth programmes. Her pragmatic approach and this background are coupled with a lifetime of boots on the ground through farming, conservation and outdoor pursuits in the northern regions and beyond.

Tracy Tristram

Exec Director

Tracy has a many years experience managing community partnerships and
delivering environmental projects with local government, NGO’s and private
business.

She also works alongside her husband on their dairy farm in South Head.

Working for The Forest Bridge Trust provides the perfect opportunity to bring
together this experience and skill set to make a positive difference in rural Rodney –
an area Tracy is very passionate about.

Marguerite Vanderkolk

Community Liaison

Marguerite’s love for the outdoors, and nature has been a lifelong one, growing up on a farm and later teaching Outdoor Education as a secondary school teacher.

Her passion and commitment to conservation is clear, through her involvement as a committee member of Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI); as a long serving member of Tiritiri Matangi Supporters and a guide on the Island, as well as a member of Te Hauturu-o-Toi Supporters Trust.

If that wasn’t enough she has volunteered at Auckland Zoo for over eight years, more recently as a guide in Te Wao Nui (the Aotearoa-New Zealand precinct), and has been a volunteer on Rotoroa Island.

Marguerite enjoys working with people who are passionate about conservation and protecting the environment. She is excited about the Trust’s vision, and seeing our landowners get actively involved, even in their own backyard.

Cam Rathe

Pest Control Advisor

Fourth generation Matakana born and bred, our resident Pest Control Advisor extraordinaire has been involved in conservation work for over 15 years. A decade working for the Department of Conservation in Island pest eradication, shorebird monitoring and weed work has provided Cam extensive practical skills and knowledge in all things nasty in our native forests. Over the past five years he has moved into the private sector and started his own business —Rural Pest Control. Early on in this move, he also partnered with the Forest Bridge Trust where he has been hugely appreciated, passing on his knowledge to keen conservationists in our area.

Cam says, the enthusiasm he has encountered from keen trappers has been some of the most rewarding work of his career and he really enjoys helping people achieve their pest control goals. 

Charles Montgomery

Pest Control Support

Charles has always been passionate about the environment and conservation so working as a Pest Control Contractor for the Forest Bridge Trust is a bit like a dream come true.  His background in landscape gardening developed an appreciation for plants and trees in general. Charles loves nothing more than getting outdoors and into the bush.  Being part of the effort to protect and enhance that environment for future generations, to him is simply awesome!

Maree Johnston

Coordinator

Maree has a background in Zoology and is an active member of the Shakespear Open Sanctuary volunteer group SOSSI – with many roles ranging from secretary to kiwi monitoring.  She has also been involved with the translocation of Robins to Shakespear, Urupukapuka, Mt Taranaki and saddleback to Shakespear. 

Virginia Moreno

Monitoring Specialist

 

Virginia has joined The Forest Bridge Trust to develop a monitoring framework for our area of focus. 
Virginia, a resident of Whangateau, has a PhD in Conservation Biology and has worked across a range of projects surveying and monitoring water quality, species distribution and habitat, with a particular focus on native frogs – both here in NZ and in her home country of Chile! 

 

 

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