Charles Lane Poole
1885 – 1970
Who was Charles Lane Poole?
When the Western Australia authorities would not heed his advice, he resigned in protest. The Australian timber industry pressured the national government to hire Lane Poole to survey the existing timber resources in Papua, then an Australian territory, and later in New Guinea. He spent three years surveying the Papuan and New Guinea forests, from the lowlands to the highlands; he surveyed the country, measured trees, and collected specimens. Although he did not find the stands of timber that could be harvested on a large scale, his extensive notes on such forest products as resin, oils and nuts helped identify other possible avenues of commercial development. After the missionary Christian Keyser, he was one of the first Europeans to climb the Saruwaged Massif.
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