Story: Human effects on the environment

Spread of marram grass (2nd of 3)

Spread of marram grass

Marram grass (Ammophila arenaria), a vigorous European sand-binding species, has been introduced in some areas in an attempt to stabilise sand dunes. At Mason Bay on the western side of Stewart Island, it has smothered native grasses and gradually covered a large area over about 50 years.

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Janet Wilmshurst, 'Human effects on the environment - European impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2021)

Story by Janet Wilmshurst, published 24 Sep 2007