Story: Exotic forestry

Kāingaroa plains, 1890

Kāingaroa plains, 1890

This watercolour of the Kāingaroa plains near Waiotapu, in the central North Island, shows how the area looked before large-scale forest planting. Little apart from grass and scrub grew in the inhospitable climate, and the sparse vegetation made it relatively easy to establish forest plantations.

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Michael Roche, 'Exotic forestry - The first planting boom, 1925–1935', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Michael Roche, published 24 Nov 2008