From Forest to Grasslands Flora after Disturbance Tongariro National Park

Daniel Davis
Historic Disturbance Timeline Before the eruption of Taupo, 1800 years ago, the region is said to have been mostly beech forest, with around 600 years between disturbances. Post eruption, the region returned to forest in time for human arrival 700 years ago. Since then, series of fires by people wanting to use the land for farming occurred until the 1930s, reducing the forests to current remnants and turning the area into the scrub-, tussock-, and grasslands that defines the regions today, with
more » ... smaller areas restricted by their age of disturbance and the natural hindrances, such as wind protection and altitude. 1800ya