Tony Tripp, Snowdon Station, Central Canterbury branch
On this 2000 hectare high country station, the original plantings in the 1970s were subsidised by the catchment board, with creating shelter the top priority. Four-row belts, two rows of Douglas fir on windward side and two rows radiata in their lee were planted annually for many years. Other widely spaced plantings provide grazing shelter for sheep. Trees have enhanced carrying capacity and eased farm succession and have created a microclimate which now means different species can be planted.
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