Hard work and a million trees celebrated

Wednesday 16 Jun 2021

The chainsaw-loving Taranaki forestry worker who planted a million trees - Morris Fisher has personally planted a million trees and has overseen a further seven or eight million seedlings going into the ground.

Fisher, of Hāwera, was recently honoured at the Southern North Island Wood Council Awards for his lifetime of commitment to the forestry industry. At 73, he still has three chainsaws and would rather spend a day cutting firewood than playing golf.

During his 56-year career, he worked as a log scaler, instructor and manager before establishing his own contracting business TAML Forestry in 1980. He was involved in setting up areas of native bush for the Queen Elizabeth Trust and planted native riparian and wetland areas, taking an interest in how they are protecting streams and rivers.

Over the years, the industry had changed a lot, including now having women working alongside men, planting manuka trees where he once cut them as scrub, and more stringent health and safety practices. But one thing hasn’t changed.

“The thing that disappoints me the most is, in 1965, when I joined the forest service, we were exporting raw logs to Japan, and 56 years later we are doing the same thing to China. We are not adding value,” he said.

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