Dr Jacqui Aimers is a forestry scientist, ecologist, research analyst and science communicator. Jacqui loves trees and is passionate about natural ecosystems, green infrastructure, ecological restoration and people connecting with Nature. She has experience in forestry research and sustainable land management and is a trustee of Tane’s Tree Trust.
New Zealand is one of the world’s most urbanised countries, with some 86% of the population living in urban areas. Urban trees provide a myriad of environmental, cultural and well-being benefits, many of which are highly valued by urban dwellers.
Forests are under threat globally from the slowly accelerating impacts of climate change. New Zealand’s forests are no different, with predictions of more frequent, severe droughts, more intense storms, and increasing pest and disease incursions amongst the biggest risks.
The COVID-19 lockdown presents many societal challenges. While most New Zealanders understand and appreciate the importance of the lockdown, we must also support attempts to find ways to expand timely...