Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Rugged West Coast Scrub
As I described in my previous post, by looking at landmarks and buildings in surrounding images,I'd say this image was taken near the middle of this google maps view somewhere between Te Kinga and Ruru, just before Moana Station (the track runs along side Lake Brunner Road).
Gorse was introducted to New Zealand by European settlers. In New Zealand, gorse has no natural pests or diseases. Once the native bush and forests were burnt and cleared, gorse spread EVERYWHERE. We've personally spent many weekends with gloves, loppers, pruning saws, and Roundup (Glyphosate) keeping it under control (we are talking dump truck sized quantities from a domestic section - it really does get around). If kept under control, gorse is OK protection for regenerating native bush - so it's not all bad.