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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2018) 63(2): 31–34
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Professional Paper
World War I and forestry in New Zealand

Michael Roche *,1

1 School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North. Email:

World War I influenced the course of state forestry in New Zealand by delaying implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Forestry 1913. New Zealandís first professionally qualified forester was killed during the war, but post-war scholarships provided opportunities and enabled other New Zealanders to take forestry degrees at Edinburgh. Indeed the war also placed L.M. Ellis, who was to really shape the course of state forestry in New Zealand, in a position where he was able to apply successfully for the position of inaugural Director of Forests in 1919.
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