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The 1913 New Zealand Royal Commission on Forestry

Authors: Chris Goulding
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2013, Issue N.Z.J.For. 58(1) 2013, pp 3-6, May 2013
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: Commission’s brief One hundred years ago on 31 May 1913 the Royal Commission on Forestry presented its report, arguably one of the more significant events for New Zealand forest policy. The Royal Commission’s brief was - … to ascertain in what manner the areas of land within the Dominion of New Zealand now understanding forest should be dealt with and to what extent the existing afforestation operations of the Government of New Zealand are sufficient to satisfy the future demand for timber within the said Dominion and how such operations should be extended. The chairman was HDM Haszard, the Commissioner of Crown Lands. There were five other members who represented growers, wood processors and users, as well as a scientist - • TW Adams, farmer • SI Clarke, builder • L Cockayne, FRS • FY Lethbridge, farmer • CP Murdoch, wood-ware manufacturer.