When forestry was fun - A memoir

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Jim Spier's memoir "When Forestry was Fun" published - Rotorua’s 95-year-old Jim Spiers has recently published his book, When Forestry was Fun.

This 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.

When Forestry was Fun is available at McLeods Booksellers, Rotorua. Copies will also be available for purchase at our FIEA HarvestTECH Conference in June from the registration desk.

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