About

Pacific Eco-Logic

Pacific Eco-Logic began operating in December 1996, becoming a limited liability company in 2001.
Our vision: “Environmentally sustainable management of the waters and lands of the Pacific Realm”.
Our mission: “Environmental investigations and reports that inspire environmentally sustainable and sound management”

Our specialty is linking ecological science with environmental policy and planning as well as psychological science relating to perception and preference. We have particular expertise in ecological monitoring design and implementation; natural character or environmental naturalness assessments; environmental restoration; statutory and other tools for protecting biodiversity; biosecurity and invasive species policy and assessment; research; ecological evaluations; and environmental policy and impact assessment.

Our areas of work include terrestrial environments, wetlands, rivers, lakes and riparian areas along with coastal and marine environments. We produce scientific reports, articles for scientific and popular publications as well as video productions. Our education work has ranged from writing and managing tertiary level courses to community focused field interpretation and visitor-centre video productions.  Although we are based in Northland we work on projects throughout New Zealand and beyond.
We have worked for a diverse range of clients. These include central government agencies, and a variety of regional and city/district councils throughout New Zealand and beyond. Other clients have included non-profit conservation organisations, consulting and other companies, and private citizens.

We have a strong commitment to assisting community organisations. To that end the Directors have contributed considerable pro-bono work to a number of community groups working on improving environmental outcomes.

 

Ecological monitoring in subtropical lowland forest, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Ecological monitoring in subtropical lowland forest

Vicky Froude

Vicky or Victoria is the principal of Pacific Eco-Logic as well as one of its directors. She has a PhD in environmental science and policy from Waikato University graduating in 2011.  Her PhD thesis developed quantitative methods for measuring natural character or environmental naturalness of New Zealand’s coastal environments.  Earlier qualifications are an MSc in resource management and a BSc in biological science.  She has also completed a variety of postgraduate and other courses including planning law; Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society, writing; marine litter and various software courses.

Her expertise includes ecological monitoring design and implementation; natural character/ environmental naturalness assessments; ecological assessment; ecological restoration; biodiversity protection tools; environmental impact assessment (EIA); invasive species management; tertiary education; and environmental policy and planning. She has worked for local, regional and national level government agencies and led Pacific Eco-Logic since its establishment.  Vicky was a New Zealand Government representative on the aquatic assessment and biodiversity monitoring working group for the Convention on Biological Diversity.  She works in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

 Chris wearing scuba equipment completing his assessment of the ecological condition underwater or submerged plant communities

 Chris Richmond

Chris is a director of Pacific Eco-Logic. He has a BSc in aquatic and earth sciences and certification in Fish Kill Investigation, Electric Fishing Machine Operation and as a Master of a Small Commercial Dive Boat.

His expertise includes catchment land and water management, aquatic habitat restoration, environmental policy, invasive species management and aquatic habitat assessment. Chris spent 32 years working for the New Zealand Wildlife Service and then the Department of Conservation.  He led the interagency project to design and obtain resource consents for restoration of the Maketu Estuary in the Bay of Plenty, including the staged, partial re-introduction of the Kaituna River.  He was appointed Head of Delegation from New Zealand to the Ramsar International Convention on Wetlands for the 7th Conference of the Parties in Costa Rica. He has also worked on freshwater projects in Canada and the South Pacific.

Partners and collaboration

Pacific Eco-Logic often works on projects with other organisations and individuals. This helps us to respond to a diverse range of project opportunities.  It also gives us a broad perspective.

Project partners have included the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA); Landcare Research ; GeographX Ltd (a map design studio) ; Papawera Geological Consulting; Lincoln University ; Myers Ecology Mortimer Consulting  ; and Littoralis Landscape Architecture .

Today many projects require collaboration with other organisations and individuals. We actively seek opportunities to collaborate and work with others where this is likely to enhance project outcomes.

Community planting day briefing, Tangatapu floodplain ecological restoration, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Community planting day briefing, Tangatapu floodplain ecological restoration

Pro Bono Work

The Directors undertake considerable amounts of pro bono work. This includes planning, seeking funding for, managing and otherwise contributing to various community-led ecological restoration projects.  For example we prepared a comprehensive management plan for the on-going restoration of a natural floodplain and the planting an eroding hillside at Tangatapu on the Brett Peninsula, Northland.  Chris has led much of the detailed design, especially the habitat requirements needed to bring back pateke (brown teal) and other wildlife species.

Vicky has prepared a management plan and is co-ordinating a comprehensive plant and animal pest control programme on public lands and adjoining private lands in two watersheds on the Russell Peninsula in Northland. She is also managing the planting of native species to replace the pest plants. In this programme we are working towards developing an exemplar of small catchment “hills to the sea” ecological restoration.

Chris has spent considerable time helping Russell Landcare Trust  establish a robust framework for comprehensive animal pest control on the Russell Peninsula. He has played a lead role in obtaining the necessary resources.  We have assisted a variety of other community-led ecological restoration projects for terrestrial and freshwater environments.

Our contribution to community-led marine protection initiatives has included preparing and critiquing reports and submissions as well as providing scientific advice. We have also provided governance services to various community organisations.

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