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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2011) 56(1): 30
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Letter to the Editor
The first radiata pine planting

Wink Sutton

Dear Sir Te Ara, the online New Zealand encyclopaedia ( web site, records (settled landscape/ trees and garden/ radiata pine/ plantations in New Zealand/ Canterbury firsts) that: The first recorded planting of radiata pine in New Zealand was in 1859, at Mt Peel Station in South Canterbury. The first recorded use of radiata pine timber in New Zealand was in 1893 at Leslie Hills Station, near Culverden, when Duncan Rutherford milled some 20-yearold pines and used their timber for farm buildings.
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