This issue contains a significant paper from the Minister of Forestry on his opinion that planting a billion trees is a vision not a dream. The vision is that with judicious land use, the potential of the forest sector and the One Billion Trees Programme is enormous, benefiting the whole of New Zealand. This vision is shared by many. The paper is supported by several other papers, written independently. That from British Columbia describes a concept of ‘the working forest’ that is more than timber production and works on behalf of people to provide social, cultural, spiritual and economic benefits. Note that in BC their annual allowable cut of 78.5 million m3 in 2000 has been reduced by pests and fire, and is forecast to decline further to below 60 million m3. Perhaps, when (not if) the billion trees are planted and improved seedlings are used, New Zealand’s future long-term sustainable yield will be on a par. (no keywords)
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