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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1972) 17(1): 13–20
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Soil science and forestry - past and future

G.M. Will

Soil scientists have helped to solve problems which arose during the conversion of native bush to farmland, but, if they had the knowledge available today, they could have prevented many problems from arising by advising on the most suitable land use for a given area. Thus it now appears that some land should be returned to forest cover. Soil scientists must be prepared to better assess the capabilities of soils to grow trees, and to evaluate the potential of land production impartially to compare forest use with farming or any other form of land management. Foresters need to become better acquainted with soil scientists to prevent mistakes, similar to those in the past, from arising again.
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