Story: Soil erosion and conservation

Creating pasture

Creating pasture

The early stages of pasture development after burning were not a pretty site. It was important to establish a pasture cover quickly, but the gaunt skeletons of burnt trees and logs remained. For many years the roots of these trees helped anchor the soil to slopes. The limitations of pasture cover were only found much later, when the roots had decomposed.

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Paul Gregg, 'Soil erosion and conservation - Natural and human causes of erosion', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Paul Gregg, published 24 Nov 2008