Devon McLean

 Project Crimson Trust Chairman

 Devon McLean, Project Crimson ChairmanDevon McLean, Project Crimson Chairman

Devon was one of the Trust's principal instigators and visionaries back in 1990.

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 and wife Anne moved back to their home town of Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island where they are intent on restoring their beautiful 1922 Californian style bungalow. Maybe this is where he will reproduce the stained glass window of a pohutukawa tree that he made more than 30 years ago.