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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1991) 36(2): 23–25
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Thomas William Adams 1842-1919 - Early farm forester

Peter McKelvey

T. W. Adams took up virgin tussock-grassland at Green-dale, Canterbury in 1865 to become the first farmer in the district. From 1869 and for most of the rest of his life he planted trees there for shelter, fuel, timber and amenity. His systematic and comprehensive planting trials showed the promise of a range of species, particularly P. radiata and P. laricio which he recommended for extensive planting beyond Canterbury, so influencing the choice of species used in the first afforestation boom which started in the mid-twenties.
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