Story: Soil erosion and conservation

Craigieburn Range

Craigieburn Range

The New Zealand Forest Service established the Forest and Range Experimental Station in 1956, in the Craigieburn Range (the snow-covered mountains pictured here) in Canterbury. At that time there was concern that erosion rates in the high country had been increased by feral deer browsing and defoliating the mountains. Research concentrated on understanding erosion processes and identifying suitable plant species to colonise and stabilize steep, eroded slopes. Contemporary thinking is that much of the erosion in the high country is actually natural.

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Paul Gregg, 'Soil erosion and conservation - Legislation and catchment boards: 1940s–1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Paul Gregg, published 24 Nov 2008