A couple of years ago I asked where had the tussock gone?
There is even less tussock on the hills at the summit of the Lindis Pass now.
This land has been returned to the crown under tenure review and is managed by DOC.
The aim of the Lindis Pass Conservation Trust is to rid Lindis Pass Reserve of weeds, so that the snow tussock (Chionochloa rigida) can be enjoyed in its full glory.
When it was farmed it was covered in tussock, now as these photos show it is not.
Is it an accident or deliberate?
Could the lack of stock and fertiliser have let hieracium and other weeds crowd out the tussock?
Does it mean that some of this sensitve land is really better farmed than not?
What’s going to save the hills from erosion by wind, rain and snow now the tussock cover has gone?