Scotch heather was planted in Tongariro National Park from 1912 to 1922 to provide a habitat for grouse. Although the birds were never introduced, the plant flourished and was soon widespread through the park’s red tussocklands. Heather forms dense stands, and shades out native plants. It is now listed as an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993 – it is illegal to sell or spread it within New Zealand.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Susan M. Timmins
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