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"DISASTER FOR BOARD" P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Disastrous damage was suffered by the Selwyn Plantation Board by the 90-mile-an-hour gale that swept Canterbury on July 13, according to the superintendent, Mr. E. A. Cooney. In a statement made to-day he said that over 300 acres of 20 to 25 - year - old pinus insignis were blown down at Burnham and Hororata. In addition about 70 acres of gums planted in 1888 were blown down near Burnham, while the future of another plantation of 238 acres of insignis and gums was doubtful because a big percentage of the old gums had blown down and damaged the insignis.

"This is a disaster, the effects of which will not be properly felt for from 15 to 20 years, when the areas normally will be due for ' cutting," he added. "It is difficult to assess the loss in money to the board, and the loss to the community in the shelter which the plantations-would have provided for another 20 years." *

A tentative estimate of timber which could be saved was 2,500,000 superficial feet of insignis and 8000 cords of firewood.

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TREES BLOWN DOWN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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TREES BLOWN DOWN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 172, 23 July 1945

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