A newly-formed conservation group hopes to start pest control operations in a ''biodiversity hotspot'' in Fiordland this spring.
Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation (Doc) will carry out an aerial 1080 predator control operation across more than 20,000ha in the Dart, Routeburn and Caples Valleys this spring, as part of a South-Island wide operation that will cover about 70,000ha.
The Department of Conservation will increase its 1080 coverage sevenfold this spring to fight an oncoming plague of rats, mice and stoats.
The Department of Conservation and the Dunedin City Council have started discussing possible camping sites on Otago Peninsula. Star reporter Dan Hutchinson takes a look at the issue of budget camping on the peninsula and finds a distinct lack of enthusiasm for new facilities.
While results from tissue samples from stranded whales on Otago's coast this summer are still to come in, it is unlikely they will shed any further light on the cause of the whales' deaths, the Department of Conservation says.
The Department of Conservation is investigating whether Contact Energy land along the Clutha River could be owned in a partnership.
Contact Energy has ruled out giving more than 100ha of land along the Clutha River to the Department of Conservation.
The Department of Conservation's move to set up a group to find Otago's first marine reserves within two years is ''extremely concerning'', Otago Rock Lobster Industry Association executive officer Simon Gilmour says.
A national organisation representing the many community conservation trusts around the country is needed, Conservation Minister Nick Smith says.
Department of Conservation staff went gold-fishing in Albert Town yesterday, hauling more than 100 of the fish from the Wanaka suburb's Riverside Park pond.
Otago whitebaiters are flouting regulations and threatening the fishery's sustainability, the Department of Conservation says.
More North Otago-based conservation projects could be given the go-ahead, following a recent Department of Conservation restructuring that created a new Oamaru-based position.
It is hoped concerns such as competition between community groups and the Department of Conservation for funding will be addressed at a national conference in Dunedin later this year.
A survey of whitebait catches along the Clutha River is being carried out by the Department of Conservation (Doc).
Healthy mohua (yellowhead) numbers and a partial beech tree mast have left the Department of Conservation in a quandary on the need for pest control on its land in the Catlins.
A Department of Conservation (Doc) project to protect a rare ecosystem near Queenstown will receive a helping hand from the Queenstown Climbing Club.
The Department of Conservation has confirmed it will have 72 fewer full-time roles across the country as a result of restructuring.
Department of Conservation rangers say more ''galaxiid love'' is needed to help halt the decline of New Zealand's freshwater fish.
Tramper and conservationist David Barnes looks at why some Department of Conservation staff seem to think "should not" in a management plan can mean "Oh, all right then".
The Department of Conservation has pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure the safety of a volunteer who died working on Raoul Island.