Clausewitz on forestry

Authors: John Walker
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2006, Issue N.Z.J.For. 51(4) 2007, pp 34-37, Jan 2007
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: [First paragraph...] New Zealand foresters of the early 1970s had a collective vision of fast-grown pruned pine finding markets all over the world - and this unchanging flow of wood is destined to continue carrying our fortunes beyond 2050. Yet, it is doubtful that those foresters wanted, or expected, radiata pine to account for 90% of our plantations; and they might have been disconcerted to learn that only 50% of these forests have been thinned and pruned in a timely manner (NZFOA, 2006). This has become the ultimate expression of an indistinct concept, and for it to prove to be a success then one must look to the end account. In a sense we have progressed from the dreamtime (The Fatal Conceit) of the 1970s, through the sleepwalk (more of the same) of the 1980s and 1990s, and so to the current hangover (with limited practical vocation for overcoming difficulties and developing new opportunities) or, maybe, the awakening.
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