conservation-blog-banner-2013Thirty years ago, the New Zealand Department of Conservation [DOC] was created.  It was a national declaration that the country valued its nature and wild places, and that it was committed to protecting it for future generations.

A recent DOC blog marks this event, looking both forward and back.  It says:

To mark this anniversary, we wanted to celebrate our history, our people and our nature on social media.  For every one of the 30 days in April we will celebrate a year of DOC’s existence by sharing photos and stories from that particular year, starting tomorrow with 1987 — the first year of DOC.  Join us as we take a step back in time to remember the history and achievements from 30 years of conservation. Follow along on the DOC websiteor on Twitter using the hashtag #DOCturns30.