TITLE

Nor'wester country 50th National conference -- Ashburton

AUTHOR(S)
Robbins, Mark
PUB. DATE
August 2005
SOURCE
New Zealand Tree Grower;Aug2005, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article chronicles the history of farm forestry in Ashburton, New Zealand. The Ashburton district, set between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers and the mountains and the sea, was first occupied in the Maori moa-hunter times more than 800 years ago. European exploration and settlement occurred from the 1850s as pastoralists sought suitable grazing lands, and pushed the boundaries towards the foothills as the easily accessible coastal and mid-plains land became occupied. The story of the forestry industry in the Asbburton District is a great story in itself. Born of necessity, and no doubt a major nor'west gale event in 1 878, the council and farmers experimented with a wide range of trees for shelter and wood production. Four types of pine, as well as macrocarpa. Douglas fir, wattle, several eucalypts, oak and birch were used. Similarly the development of irrigation in the Ashburton District is a story in itself. It had its genesis as far back as the 1870s.
ACCESSION #
17969660

 

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