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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2006) 51(3): 42–44
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Opinion
De-forestation of the Canterbury plains?

Bill Studholme



In this article I will discuss the implications of the current trend to remove forests from the Canterbury plains. The Selwyn Plantation Board Ltd (SPBL) is one of the leading players with plans to sell or convert 50% of its forest land to other uses. For the reasons set out more fully below, this forest conversion raises very serious concerns as regards (a) its compliance with the company’s statutory obligation to provide shelter for the plains, (b) its true cost, (c) the potential impact on other land uses, (d) the impact on the sustainability of the plains environment, and (e) its economic wisdom.
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