Story: Logging native forests

Clearfelling West Coast forest

Clearfelling West Coast forest

Because native forests regenerated slowly, the Forest Service often preferred to completely clear the land and replant it with faster-growing exotic trees. This continued into the 1970s, when the Service was managing the West Coast beech forests. This 1973 photograph shows seedling eucalyptus trees planted in clearfelled sections of the Hochstetter forest on the West Coast.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: AAQA 6500 col1267
Photograph by John Johns

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Logging native forests - Managing native forests, 1920s–1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 24 Sep 2007