Passionate about the south

01:54, Sep 09 2013
Sir Alan Mark
Emeritus professor Sir Alan Mark.

A professor will be in the city tomorrow night to talk about conservation battles in the south.

Emeritus professor Sir Alan Mark will talk with members of the Southland branch of Forest & Bird in a public meeting.

A key message of his talk: the value of the country's natural heritage.He will talk about what he says is the biggest issue facing conservation in the south: the Fiordland Link Experience monorail and Milford Dart Tunnel, both of which he is against.

He will also talk about the Save Manapouri campaign and high country campaigns among other conservation topics.

Sir Alan said he had spent a lifetime looking at and studying natural ecosystems of the South Island.

''It's pretty special, it's unique in the world.''

Sir Alan will be speaking at Federated Farmers rooms in Invercargill tomorrow night at 7.30pm.

Meanwhile, Conservation Week started yesterday, with several activities planned for the week including an Oreti Beach cleanup and family fun day.

This year's theme is: Celebrate Conservation Week! What's your whanau doing?

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