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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2022) 66(4): 2
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Guest Editorial

Tim Payn *,1

1 Fellow of the NZIF and a Principal Scientist at Scion. Email:
*Corresponding author.

Abstract: Nothing lasts forever – so says Sebastian Klinger in this issue’s Last word. This is particularly relevant in today’s fast-changing world, I don’t think there has been such a rate of change in so many things in human history as today – this has been termed the ‘Great Acceleration’, and the epoch the Anthropocene, reflecting human’s impact on the planet. This issue of the journal takes a future-focused look at some aspects of forestry in Aotearoa New Zealand. I’ve always personally had an eye on the future. Dreaming of what might be: anti-gravity logging machinery, terraforming and afforesting Mars, or breeding square trees for ease of processing. What can we dream of for our forests? Creative and visionary people built New Zealand forestry – we stand on the shoulders of giants. Who are our giants of today, or more importantly the giants of tomorrow, who will take our forests to the next century? What will they need to get us there?
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