Over the years as he kayaked and sailed past the beautiful bush-lined beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park, Devon McLean used to tell his wife Anne that one day he wanted to make a difference to the park.
Turns out his retirement to Nelson is a little busier than he anticipated, as that dream has seen him head an ambitious 30-year project to transform the ecological heart of the Abel Tasman.
Devon is currently the Chairman of Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), Environmental Advisor to the NEXT Foundation, a Member of the NZ Conservation Authority, Governance board member of the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, Director of the Taranaki Mounga Project, Chair of Predator Free Wellington and a director of Predator Free 2050.
He looks forward to the day when the Abel Tasman National Park’s whole coastline is lit up over summer by the vivid red flowers of the rātā, robin’s flit on the beach at Anchorage and mohua can be heard in the upland areas of the park.
Along the way he wants to make sure Project Janszoon inspires the next generation to be passionate about our parks and the environment.