Fifth Meeting: 20th October, 1886.
Dr. Hector in the chair.
New Member.—Mr. Hughes.
Papers.—1. “On the Waihao Greensands and their Relation to the Ototara Limestone,” by Mr. McKay. (Transactions, p. 434.)
2. “On Tree Blight,” by W. M. Maskell, F.R.M.S.
The author suggested that the Government be petitioned to take some immediate action in the matter, and try by every means to prevent the wholesale destruction of their trees by insects, etc. In his opinion it would be of far greater use to spend some of the vote to the Forest Department in preserving the trees, than in trying to plant olives in Auckland. He had been for some time trying to bring about some action in the matter, and he would move “That a deputation wait upon the Government and petition that something might be done.”
Mr. Crawford seconded the resolution, which after discussion was unanimously carried.
Mr. Maskell proposed, and Mr. Chapman seconded, “That the Council of the Society be authorised to take steps to carry out this resolution.”—Carried.