Robert Stewart & Tanya Balcar
Bob and Tanya
were born in England. They have made Kodaikanal their home for the last
twenty five years and are founder members of the Trust. They are
members of several conservation and eco-restoration groups. They are
the main (self taught) botanists of the group and maintain all the
scientific data as well as write the reports.
Their interests lie in
the flora of the Western Ghats along with insects, birds and
amphibians. Bob is a keen macro photographer of plants, and does all of
the writing for the Trust whilst having an aversion to computers. Tanya
is the main communicator to the local population and Forest Department
and luckily does not have an aversion to computers. She also maintains
the accounts for the Trust.
A. Jeykumar Albert
from Kodaikanal. He co-ordinates with other N.G.O's, represents the
Trust at Tamil medium meetings and conferences, does cartography work
with the minimum of equipment, helps with routine office work and
co-ordinates the work force. Jey's wife Amala, whilst not a Trust
member, gives invaluable help in translating our English into Tamil - a
rare skill, as well as updating one of our many data bases.
Jey's interests lie in the native plants, eco-restoration, environment awareness and the education of tribal youth and women.
Francis David John
is from Trichy. He is also a member of the Nilgiri Wildlife and
Environment Association (NWLEA). He is interested in wildlife and
related issues. He has a special interest in organic and bio-dynamic
agriculture. He was instrumental in expanding the Trusts interest to
the Nilgiris with a view to future activity there.
is from Ooty in the Nilgiris. He is an active member of the NWLEA,
having established most of its current activities ie wildlife censoring
and educational programmes as well as their newsletter, Tahr. He is
skilled in GPS work, making maps for the Forest Departments of both
Kerala and Tamil Nadu as well as training their personnel. His skill
with computers has helped the Trust to develop presentations on various
subjects with satellite imagery to enhance them. His main interests
include wildlife, eco-restoration and work in the field of conservation
using GIS / Remote sensing. He is currently working with WWF.
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