Devon McLean

Conservation Projects Manager

 Devon McLean, Project Crimson ChairmanDevon McLean, Project Crimson Chairman

Devon has been involved with Project Crimson since its inception.  He was one of the Trust's principal instigators and visionaries back in 1990 and also served as Chairman for many years.  

He first discovered his love of trees and plants while working on a primary school project on native plants. His was the only herbarium in the shape of a leaf.

He joined New Zealand Forest Products (later Carter Holt Harvey) in 1974 as a graduate forester and held a number of management positions within the company including Chief Operating Officer for the forestry and wood processing businesses up to his retirement in 2005. Devon also served as Chairman of the New Zealand Forest Industries Council for many years.

His enthusiasm for Project Crimson stems from a belief that pohutukawa and rata are a vital part of the New Zealand psyche and landscape. This is never more strongly held than when he is kayaking in the beautiful waters of Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park or sailing deep into the Southern Ocean to view the rata forests of the Auckland Islands.

Devon is Project Director for Project Janzoon, a programme that will transform the ecological prospects of the Abel Tasman National Park over the next 30 years and also serves on the Advisory Panel of the Next Foundation.

In 2015, Devon received a Queen's Service Medal for his services to conservation.