Story: Farming and the environment

Burning tussock

Burning tussock

Fire was used to clear dense tussock, particularly on the east coast of the South Island. By the mid-20th century, limitations were placed on this practice to minimise erosion, and permits were required before runholders could burn an area. This block is near Aoraki/Mt Cook, which can be seen on the right.

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - Early changes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, published 24 Nov 2008