Forest Conservation for Royal Navy Timber Supplies in New Zealand 1840-1841

By M.M. Roche, published August 1987


In reaction to growing scarcity of suitable timber from traditional sources, Roche details mid-nineteenth century efforts to create forest reserves in New Zealand for naval use of the coniferous Kauri tree.  These efforts collided with land usage goals of the colonization program and inability to police wide-spread, illegal destruction of supporting forests.  As a result, the Royal Navy did not make important use of New Zealand conifers and switched to other more abundant and available sources elsewhere.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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