Story: Fire and agriculture

Remains of forest (2nd of 3)

Remains of forest

This is the littered landscape after an initial burn at Rip Station, Tapuwaeroa Valley, in the 1890s. The dried understorey has burned away, leaving felled logs and standing trees. The station owner would then have spread grass seed on the ash. It would take many fires over many years to clear the debris.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Frederick Ashby Hargreaves Collection (PAColl-3047)
Reference: PAColl-3047-1-01
Photograph by Frederick Ashby Hargreaves

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Robert Peden, 'Fire and agriculture - North Island farms: bush and fern', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 October 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008