Covid 19 coronavirus: DOC track closures and lockdown dampen birthday celebrations

“Everyone should stay at home.”

When the Department of Conservation was set up 33 years ago, this is probably not the message they expected to be telling Kiwis.

Covid-19 has affected many aspects of the way we interact with and appreciate New Zealand’s natural heritage. An enforced lockdown might mean we now appreciate it more than ever. However it doesn’t change DOC’s mission “to protect natural and historic heritage.”

If that requires stopping access to camp sites and conservation land around the country under a Level 4 health emergency, that’s exactly what they will do.

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