|Rata forest on on Enderby Island|
Earlier this yr André Brett printed “A Sudden Fancy for Tree-Planting? Forest Conservation and the Demise of New Zealand’s Provinces” in Ambiance and Historic previous. The abstract:
New Zealand gives a priceless case analysis of the connection between colonial statecraft and forest conservation. This textual content explores the connections between Premier Julius Vogel’s Forests Act of 1874 and the abolition of New Zealand’s provinces in 1876, discovering conservation all through the broader context of widespread discontent with provincialism. It argues that earlier views have each downplayed or exaggerated the significance of conservation to provincial abolition, and that the connection between the two was difficult and uneven. Abolition profoundly affected conservation, nonetheless the stimulus for abolition had been gathering elsewhere while conservation fashioned its timing.