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(Per Press Association./ AUCKLAND, February 2& Preblems of reafforestation wer« touched upon by Mr D. A. th« course of a paper on forest and ornamental trees for garden, city, and forest planting at the New Zealand Nurserymen's Associations' annual confer•ence this afternoon. Reafforestation in New Zealand had been sadly neglected, 'he said, and vast areas tha.t were practically 1 useless could be turned to profitable account by judicious planting, and 'become a source of wealth to the State. 'In replanting,, the native species that ;had served their purpose in the past, and still existed in limited areas, would have' to give place to exotics. In the future our, commercial forests would chiefly consist of the quick-growing conifers-. Eucalyptus or gums Avould be extensively planted. ■ Gums were mostly of rapid growth, highly ornamental, and; would succeed) on almost any soils. "Experimental planting in different localities throughout the Dominion," he continued, "is urgently required in order to prove what are the best and most, profitable trees for the future selection of seeds for' sowing. In every instance where plants are produced from the seedlings, the seed's should be obtained from the best. type. The parent, tree should be most vigorous and the best of :ifcs' kind." Proceeding, Mr Hay said that now that the planting of eucalyptus was so important; it Avas absolutely necessary to obtain seeds from the most suitable districts. For instance, 'seeds of the Tasmanian variety should be obtained from their original district, and not' collected from trees introduced and established in the warmer district of New South Wale's.

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RE-AFFORESTATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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RE-AFFORESTATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8802, 24 February 1914

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