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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2009) 54(1): 27–28
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Feature article
Current relevance of the New Zealand Forestry League

Hamish Levack

New information about the development of sand dune forestry reveals the past importance of a littleknown organization, the New Zealand Forestry League. Recently a technical pamphlet, dated 1922, and entitled ‘The Reclamation of Sand Dunes …Personal Observations by a New Zealander’ by the late Mr K.W. Dalrymple came into my possession. It contains a competent study of the development of sand dune forestry in France and its applicability to New Zealand. In his introduction Dalrymple says he gathered the information while on leave from active service during the Great War and access to the places he needed to visit was only possible with the help of the Prime Minister, Bill Massey. This pamphlet fills a gap in the history of New Zealand sand dune forestry that is otherwise well recorded in Peter Mckelvey’s book ‘Sand Forests – a historical perspective of the stabilisation and afforestation of coastal sands in New Zealand’.
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