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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2010) 55(2): 12–15
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Conference Report
The Value of Forests

John Vaney

A growing appreciation of the wider values of forestry, like recreation, biodiversity, watershed management and others. The New Zealand Institute of Forestry held a very thought provoking annual conference in Rotorua between the 10 and 12 of June on the value of forests - this being a somewhat topical theme for an industry desperate to get more recognition of the diverse range of economic and environmental benefits that arise from growing trees and forests in this country. Those attending the conference sensed that aside from traditional production forestry activities and the slowly evolving international carbon market, that there is becoming an increasing appreciation of the other wider values of forestry like recreation, biodiversity, watershed management, water quality, landscape enhancement, aesthetics to name a few.
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