QUALITY FORESTS BEGIN WITH RESEARCH
Research into trees and forestry was a priority for the Commission more than a hundred
years ago. Increasing yields, trying to understand native forests and establishing
plantations were all key to our successful forests of today.
Much of the research was and is undertaken in the forests themselves. However, since the
introduction of the computer in the 1980s, technology now forms the foundation of all studies.
PREVIOUS PAGE: This photograph from early last century shows a Forestry Commission employees’ camp;
they were better paid than timber workers. The tent has a floor and these survey workers also had the
benefit of an elegant kerosene lamp in their tent. The administrators recorded timber information for
sales purposes and to estimate yields and harvesting impacts on the forest.