Story: Farming and the environment

The Canterbury Plains, early 2000s

The Canterbury Plains, early 2000s

By the 2000s the New Zealand landscape had been dramatically changed from its original condition. Pasture for grazing domestic animals now covers about half of the country, networks of roads traverse the landscape, and towns and cities populate each region. This highly modified landscape is the Canterbury Plains, with Rangiora in the distance. Before the arrival of humans this area was covered in forest.

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Julia Haggerty and Hugh Campbell, 'Farming and the environment - A modified landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/17875/the-canterbury-plains-early-2000s (accessed 25 January 2020)

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