"When Forestry was Fun" launched

Friday 5 Jul 2019

Rotorua’s 95-year-old Jim Spiers has recently published his book, When Forestry was Fun. The Evolution of a forest engineer. Jim was on hand at last week’s HarvestTECH 2019 event to give a quick and lively run down of his time in the forestry and logging industries – as well as catching up with many old friends and acquaintances who were at the country’s major logging event.

The book (incredibly good buying at just NZ$25 - no GST applies) combines a good yarn with Jim’s wealth of knowledge and experience to record developments in forestry and logging, from the early 1940s to the mid-1980s.

His personal story traces developments from horse logging in the Tapanui District of West Otago in 1941, to the post-WWII focus on measurement and management of indigenous forestry. Then, with three university degrees related to forestry management behind him, he ran Whirinaki Forest in the Urewera before taking over management of New Zealand’s largest exotic forest at Kaingaroa. He held this position for nine years.

Appointed as inaugural director of the newly formed Logging Industry Research Association (LIRA) Jim remained in this role for a further nine years before retiring in 1984. Limited copies are still available and will be sold on a first come – first served basis.

If interested in securing a copy, the order form is attached here.

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