In the semi-arid and high-country regions of Central Otago, tussocks recover slowly after burning. The growing season is restricted by cold temperatures in winter and high evaporation rates in summer. Grazing after burning compounds the problem. The impact on the vegetation is apparent on the right side of this fence, compared with the ungrazed tussock on the left.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Neville Peat
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