Story: Conservation – a history

Pine trees, Waipoua Forest

Pine trees, Waipoua Forest

The planting of pine trees in Waipoua Forest prompted protests against the destruction of one of Northland’s remaining kauri forests. It brought into focus the philosophical differences between foresters and those they called preservationists – foresters argued that the soils were better suited to pines, while their opponents wanted to preserve the original kauri forest.

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - A background issue, 1908–1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015