This recording was compiled while walking along the shoreline at Ardara with Joe Gatins, who is retired from the national Parks and Wildlife Service at Glenveagh National Park. He recalls the initial stirring of interest in conservation that occurred during his early days. Following his graduation from college, he worked in forestry for seventeen years. He was assigned to Gweedore Forestry in 1973 where all the staff were Irish speaking, having previously worked in several other locations around the country. He recalls the management and work practices at Ards Gweedore. In 1978, he was appointed forester in charge of wildlife conservation and he discusses the difficulties in the early days. In 1994, he was appointed manager of Glenveagh National Park. In this recording, he provides valuable details relating to his work and the management of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.