Story: Southern beech forest



In 1973 Mrs V. Lawson (left) and Mrs O. Langford, from the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society, check petition forms asking the New Zealand government to abandon its scheme to mill 340,000 hectares of state-owned beech forest in Nelson, the West Coast and Southland. The scheme was vigorously opposed by many New Zealanders and eventually abandoned, although smaller areas of beech forest on public land were milled until 2000.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1973/2716/11

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Joanna Orwin, 'Southern beech forest - Uses and management', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

Story by Joanna Orwin, published 24 Sep 2007