One of the more interesting man-made features of the Haast Pass road between Lake Hawea and Haast seems likely to be around for a good few years yet.
Otago conservator Marian van der Goes yesterday laid out how the Department of Conservation is intent on getting along with its high-country neighbours.
An unusual increase in the rat population in the Dart Valley during summer prompted the Department of Conservation (Doc) Wakatipu area office to set 2200 traps last month.
While the Department of Conservation may be able to absorb the majority of a $11.5 million cut to its budget, indications of further cuts mean reviews of its services, particularly in area offices, continue.
Carey Knox, the Dunedin man who saved 16 smuggled Otago Peninsula geckos in 2010, has been awarded an inaugural international conservation award.
A $13.1 million flood protection project at Milford Sound has won the prestigious Rodney Davies Project Award from the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI).
The Department of Conservation has recorded a huge rise in the number of campers staying at its Glencoe camp site, near Herbert, since it was upgraded last year.
What many farmers consider a concerted series of attacks on the way South Island high country farmers have managed their special lands and landscapes has ended rather unspectacularly.
Contact Energy's review of its Clutha River land bank has sparked calls for the electricity generator to be a "responsible corporate citizen" and repatriate land ethically, while securing critical public access easements.
No prosecutions will be brought against four farmers who lit burn-off fires near Wanaka which escaped and damaged public conservation land last spring.
The Department of Conservation is pleading with Dunedin dog owners to keep their dogs under control when exercising in wildlife areas, following the death of a shag in St Clair yesterday.
The Fernhill Loop Track, in the Ben Lomond Reserve, looks likely to be closed, following a report to the Queenstown Lakes District Council community services committee from district forester Briana Pringle.
Two quick-thinking visitors are credited with saving a dolphin, after the mammal beached itself on an Otago beach.
The work of a six-legged team has revealed it is "highly unlikely" stoats are living in the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.
Milford Dart Ltd's proposal to build an 11.6km, $150 million commercial bus tunnel through two national parks was "technically viable" and the tunnel could be constructed and operated within environmental and safety constraints, the company's engineering expert says.
Another hurdle has fallen for West Coast coal miner Bathurst Resources, angering environmentalists, with the news the effects on climate change will not make the agenda of forthcoming Environment Court resource consent challenges.
Three weeks of training in the Australian state of Victoria has given a group of Otago rural firefighters vital experience for fighting fires back home, Department of Conservation (Doc) deputy principal rural fire officer Trevor Mitchell says.
Bill Wheeler is swapping his "family" at the Department of Conservation (Doc) for the challenge of developing a new all-terrain park in the Bay of Plenty.
The scale and threat of the wilding pine infestation in the Wakatipu Basin should be recognised by the Otago Regional Council and the body should contribute $600,000 over the next decade to help fight the war, the Wilding Conifer Group says.
Visitor numbers for the past summer at many Department of Conservation campsites in Queenstown and Wanaka increased by more than 50% compared with the 2010-11 summer.