New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1974) 19(1): 67–74
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Forest recreation, with special reference to the proposed Westland Beech scheme.
Forest recreation, and the recreational needs of people, are examined in relation to wild forests and managed exotic and indigenous forests, as a background to the potential recreational values of the proposed West Coast beech scheme. It is concluded that all types of forest offer their own special opportunities for recreation. The West Coast beech scheme, although it will expand recreational opportunities, will also lead to the loss of many irreplaceable values, and it is a moot point whether gains outweigh losses. The only safeguard of the remaining forests, if the scheme proceeds, will be public opinion based on the very recreational opportunities which the scheme should provide. '