Date: 10 December 2012 Source: Otago Conservation Board
Dr Ralph Allen was presented with the Loder Cup at a function in Dunedin today by Associate Professor Abby Smith, Chairperson of the Otago Conservation Board, on behalf of the Minister of Conservation, the Hon Kate Wilkinson.
Dr Ralph Allan receives his certificate and the Loder Cup from Professor Abby Smith, Chairperson of the Otago Conservation Board
A professional plant ecologist for 30 years with the former DSIR and then Landcare Research, Dr Allen has been pivotal in protecting thousands of hectares of native forest, shrublands, and coastal vegetation throughout Otago, Southland, and the Kapiti Coast.
“Dr Allen’s efforts have inspired others to cherish the native plants and ecosystems around them,” Ms Wilkinson says.
“He has been instrumental in the establishment of several groups that promote the protection of indigenous vegetation, including Ecology Action Otago and the Otago Branch of Beech Forests Action Committee.
“Dr Allen was also the driving force behind the efforts of the Otago Natural History Trust to establish Orokonui Eco Sanctuary, a fenced area of 307 hectares near Dunedin, which is now a secure habitat for native plants and animals.
”Dr Allen was nominated by the Otago Conservation Board. Board chairperson Abby Smith said Dr Allen’s many contributions to the protection, cultivation and enjoyment of New Zealand’s indigenous flora deserved recognition.
Dr Allen has published three books and over 50 scientific papers.
The Loder Cup was first awarded in 1926 to encourage and honour New Zealanders who work to investigate, promote, retain and cherish our indigenous flora. It is the highest conservation award in the country.