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Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand

Mission Statement

Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand

The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand was created by Captain Val Sanderson in 1923. He had returned home from World War I to find Kapiti Island drastically altered from its former state. Initially Captain Sanderson created Forest and Bird to protect Kapiti Island, today the focus of Forest and Bird has become much broader and works to protect all of New Zealand.

Forest and Bird is New Zealand’s largest national conservation organization. The Travelers Conservation Trust recently established a relationship with Forest and Bird because they are active on a wide range of conservation and environmental issues. These include the protection of native forests, tussock grasslands, wetlands, marine ecosystems, energy and resource conservation, sustainable fisheries and land management. Forest and Bird is also involved in South Pacific rainforest conservation and is working to ensure the protection of Antarctica from environmental damage.


  • Protection of all major remaining North Island native forests from clearing and logging during the 1980s.
  • Declaration of the South West World Heritage Area in 1989.
  • Creation of the Pollen Island Marine Reserve in the Waitemata Harbor.
  • Creation of marine reserves around the Kermadec Islands, at Mayor Island and on the Coromandel, Hawkes Bay, Kapiti and Taranaki coasts.
  • Publicizing the chronic under-funding of the Department of Conservation, resulting in modest funding increases for threatened species work.
  • Creating the Kahurangi National Park in North West Nelson.
  • Negotiation of agreements with major forest industry groups to protect large areas of privately owned native forest and set principles for sound environmental practices in New Zealand’s plantation forest industry.

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  • Forest & Bird magazine, published by Forest and Bird, four times a year.
  • Regular issues of Conservation News, published by Forest and Bird, containing the latest in environmental news.
  • Information about trips, walks and conservation projects in your area.
  • Opportunities to stay at Forest and Bird’s reasonably priced lodges around the country.
  • Gain satisfaction from the knowledge that you are contributing to the conservation and protection of New Zealand’s native wildlife and wild places.


Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. 2001. 25 Sept, 2003 <>.