Happy New Year to all our members. Our thoughts and best wishes are with all of those fighting the Nelson fires and those whose lives are affected by these events.
I spent some time early in the New Year trying to find out what was agreed at the latest international climate change meeting (COP24 in Poland). That’s the most recent international climate change meeting, which followed hard on the heels of the Paris meeting and agreement. I regret to report I haven’t yet managed to decipher the documentation yet. In reading about a hundred pages of documentation associated with this conference I have learnt some interesting acronyms, but have not come across anything like a clear statement of actions or intentions.
John Purey-Cust wrote, in part – “If there is no coming generation there must be regret for the species’ passing, but what do we know of the dynamics of the forests in which it occurs? Kauri belongs to a very ancient genus – perhaps it’s time in Northland is up.”
A good deal of the answer can be found in A.H. Reed’s historic book “The Story of The Kauri.” After the thorough logging of all kauri stands in the Coromandel, Waikato and Northland, and regardless of the terrain, which was often exceedingly steep, practically 100% of the sites were burned. This was bad enough for non-conifer trees, but in the case of kauri, which relies on wind dispersal of its winged seeds, and with NO seed trees remaining, that was the end of the story.
It’s doubly a pity, since kauri grows quite fast and the timber is superlative.
Why the steep sites were burned off I cannot imagine as they were too steep for farming use.
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