Scribe wrote:Please put your own photo of a favourite hut, tentcamp or campsite.
Back in the 1930's it was decided that Deer Pigs and Goat numbers had increased so that animal control was required.
In these far of early days deer control was first exercised by Deer Cullers who were employed by the Aclimatetization Society. The vast herds of deer then inhabiting our alpine and forest areas were not to be killed but culled hence the name Deer Culler. Better animals were to be left to breed and the inferior were to be shot out.
Due to a shortage of rifles, ammunition and man power during the war years 1939 to 1945 wild animal numbers all over the country became dangerously out of control. Farms, river flats, and alpine snow grass and tussock had by now been badly eaten out. Nature would, as it does everywhere in the world, have eventually achieved a balance after the palatable plants had been eaten out. Evidence is there that nature was working its magic as many wild animals were no longer breeding.
Soon after the war Animal Control was taken over by the Department of Internal Affairs who organised extensive culling (killing operations) in most of the substantive Forests and Alpine areas of New Zealand. Under the guardianship of DIA the first tent Camps were built and later a few huts made their appearance in areas that had not seen such structures
since a few musterer's huts had been constructed over the previous century.
The New Zealand Forest Service came into being and took up the reins of Animal Control in the Fifties. In the Sixties the Forest Service continued the role of building Tent Camps but embarked upon an extensive hut building program for Animal Control purposes which is responsible for many of the huts in the back country that we enjoy today. Some huts that were privately built on Forest Service land were taken over by the Forest Service and maintained and stocked with food for Cullers who were shooting the area.
The Department of Conservation took over this network of Huts and Tracks in 1986. Some huts were removed then and others allowed to decay. Many back country track was allowed to close over and swing bridges were removed as DOC's focus changed to Animal Control by Aerial Poison instead of by Hunters. DOC's attention by then was fixed on the easier more popular huts that could be rebuilt as lodges sleeping many people and tracks that could be turned into highways that attracted the tourist dollar.
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Scribe wrote:Rushy wrote:Loving your Avatar Happy.
Just noticed it 'Rushy'. RSA response.
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