Story: Fire and agriculture

Castle Hill Station, 2005 (2nd of 2)

Castle Hill Station, 2005

Geographer D. H. Ralph took this photograph in 2005, standing where the 1882 photograph had been taken so he could gauge the impact of European settlement on high-country vegetation. He concluded that there had been little change in vegetation cover on the Craigieburn Range, and erosion had not increased. On the lower slopes woody shrubs, in particular matagouri and coprosma species, have reappeared as burning became less frequent.

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Robert Peden, 'Fire and agriculture - Burning and erosion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17295/castle-hill-station-2005 (accessed 20 November 2019)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008