Meg Graeme is a consultant ecologist with 25 years’ experience. Her work currently focuses on wetlands and plantation forestry. Meg is a member of the Standards Development Group reviewing the NZ Forest Stewardship Council standards, a member of the NES-PF Stakeholder Working Implementation Group advising on the 1-year review to Te Uru Rākau, and involved with several conservation initiatives around the Coromandel.
Transitioning plantations to native species, especially on fragile land types, provides a major opportunity to protect and enhance native ecosystems and biodiversity. There are some sites, such as steepland, duneland and riparian corridors, where transitioning to permanent native forest will bring most biodiversity benefits.