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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 71

Licenses for Cutting Timber, Etc

Licenses for Cutting Timber, Etc.

The functions of the Land Boards extend to all matters connected with the use and occupation of Crown lands, such as the issue of licenses for cutting and removing of timber or flax; removal of clay, gravel, sand, or stone; working of quarries; removal of guano; sites for mills, tanneries, brick-kilns, and potteries; sites for rope-walks, for slaughterhouses, for ferries and jetties; and, in thinly-inhabited districts, sites for inns and accommodation-houses.

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For any of the above purposes the Board may issue a "provisional license" authorising the occupancy of not more than 200 acres of land. The extreme term of such license is three years; but at any time during its currency the Board may, in its discretion, grant a lease for any term not exceeding twenty-one years, at such rental as may be determined.

Inns and Accommodation-houses.—To any occupier of land held under license as a site for an inn or accommodation-house, the Board may grant a lease of the land for any term not exceeding twenty-one years, subject to such rent, terms, and conditions, as the Board may think fit.

Timber Licenses.—For timber-cutting and saw-milling purposes, a block or blocks of land, not being more in the whole than 600 acres, are set aside, and granted in sections of not more than 200 acres each; but so that licenses for the second and any succeeding section are not granted until an officer of the Board has certified that the marketable timber has been properly cut and cleared off the section previously licensed.

It may be made a condition that young timber-trees equal in number to those felled shall be "properly" planted by the licensee.

The occupants of land upon which there is no standing timber may obtain a "permit," free of charge, authorising the holder to remove timber for fencing, or for domestic purposes, from any Crown lands not being State forest-lands or lands otherwise granted or leased.

Flax-cutting.—The Board may grant leases for a term of not more than seven years for the cutting or removal of native flax (Phormium tenax) over an area not exceeding 2,000 acres.

Kauri-gum.—Licenses arc issued at a fee of 10s. each, authorising the holder to dig for and remove kauri-gum from State forest-lands of the Crown, and at a fee of 5s. from other Crown lands. These licenses are only in force during the winter months—namely, from May to September inclusive, and for one season only.