Story: Grasslands

Extent of grasslands

The extent of native grasslands decreased dramatically between 1840 and 2002. This was largely the result of high-country farmers burning and grazing tussocks and converting land to pasture.

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Source: Alan Mark and Bruce McLennan, 'The conservation status of New Zealand’s indigenous grasslands.' University of Otago School of Business, http://eprints.otago.ac.nz/151/ (last accessed 27 July 2007)

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Alan F. Mark, 'Grasslands - Tussock grasslands', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/13339/extent-of-grasslands (accessed 5 August 2020)

Story by Alan F. Mark, published 24 Sep 2007