Historically, the attitude of New Zealanders toward our native forests could only be described as ambivalent. Some forest areas were used wisely and sustainably by Maori, but vast tracts were burnt during the moahunting period. The arrival of the European settler saw these early conflagrations pale into insignificance as huge areas of forest were cleared to create the privately owned farms for which the settlers had journeyed from the other side of the world. This land-clearing exercise, beginning before 1840, continued for a century and a half. It has been only in the last few years that landowners have come to understand the intrinsic values of our remnant native forests. In recent times more and more New Zealanders have come to recognise the value of our native forests. This goes beyond conservation objectives, and protecting small remnants to enhance biodiversity and improve the landscape. It is now recognised that native trees can grow quite fast when managed correctly, they produce timbers of world class, and can be used for a variety of purposes on the farm - beyond just filling in that dirty gully out the back.