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Soil Conservation in New Zealand and the United States

This paper explores former SCS director Donald A. Williams' review of and suggestions for improving New Zealand's soil conservation institutions in 1964.

By Douglas Helms, 2003

Donald A. Williams, Administrator of the United States' Soil Conservation Service (SCS) traveled in New Zealand from September 28 to October 20, 1964 at the invitation of the New Zealand Parliament. In the 1940s, New Zealand had established soil conservation institutions, and had had mixed experiences with their original legislative and institutional arrangements. Dr. Williams was invited to review the New Zealand soil and water conservation programs and to suggest reforms, including alterations that might require legislation.

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