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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1964) 9(1): 31–36
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

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Symposiuam: Local Body Foresetry in New Zealand

A.W. Grayburn

Local authorities or their predecessors have been encouraged to plant trees since the early 1870s. They have been assisted by Crown Land vestings and special or general empowering legislation. Their efforts have been sporadic and specific, usually coinciding with other planting booms. Today they are responsible for only 5% of New Zealand's exotic forest area. Apart from spurts of activity created by enthusiastic councillors, they are unlikely to maintain a sustained effort in the future — owing to lack of interested or qualified staff, lack of finance, preoccupation with normal day-to-day council activities, and lack of incentive. Some ideas for future encouragement and expansion based on larger areas or amalgamations are discussed.
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