Teak forests on Java


The teak tree (Tectona grandis) is probably native to India, but extensive stands apparently existed on Java in early times.  Teak wood, durable and easily worked, was used widely in shipbuilding, house construction and furniture manufacture, and was one of the items which the VOC sought in its activities on Java from the seventeenth century.  Preserving and managing the teak forests was the principal task of the Forestry Service from its foundation in the nineteenth century until the felling of rainforest timber became important after 1967.

Further reading

Atlas van Tropisch Nederland. Batavia:  Koninklijk Nederlandsch Aardrijkskundig Genootschap, 1938.

Nancy Lee Peluso, Rich forests, poor people: resource control and resistance in Java Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

Map number from Cribb, Historical Atlas of Indonesia (2000)