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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1983) 28(2): 246–254
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
The Social Impact of Forest Development in Northland

Mark C. Farnsworth

With the rapid expansion of the forest industry in Northland over the last decade considerable concern has been expressed, by some sections of the community, on the possible impact of forestry on the social infrastructure of rural communities. This paper briefly reviews the issues involved and note is made of the steps which have been taken to counter the forestry threat of "change". To illustrate the points made, the paper outlines recent forest develop-ments in the Hobson County and particular note is made of the impact that 12 years of forest development has had on the social structure of a small rural community on the Pouto Peninsula.
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