When forestry was fun: Pre-order now

Wednesday 19 Jun 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.

It 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 AVAILABLE - Jim's memoir, When Forestry was Fun will be available for purchase at our FIEA HarvestTECH Conference next week at the registration desk.

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