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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1972) 17(2): 218–223
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
West Coast hill country soils - their potential for conversion of indigenous forest to exotic forest

G.P.S. Allan

In the region of New Zealand traditionally known as the West Coast, an estimated 10%—253,000 hectares—of the land may be suitable for growing high-yielding exotic conifers such as radiata pine (Pinus radiata) after the indigenous forest is harvested. About 175,000 hectares of this area may possibly be rated as site quality I, capable of producing 100 m3/ha in 27 years. Over 120,000 ha of this high site quality land is in State forest. A further 69,000 ha of allied soils under the same tenure could also be suitable for growing exotic conifer crops. Nearly a quarter of the indigenous forest on these soils has been logged, but only 5,600 ha has been reforested with exotic conifers.
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