DEVELOPMENT OF UNIMPROVED SCRUBLAND
AbstractThis paper is not intended to deal in detail with .the methods of development of unimproved scrubland in North Auckland, that aspect will be covered in the field this afternoon. At this stage I propose to mention more particularly the background of North Auckland country-vegetative cover and tenure-the present activities of the Lands and Survey Department in classifying sill unimproved land, and the ,development of unimproved Crown land. Kirk writing in 1869 said' of Whangarei northward : "The general vegetation over the whole country is alternate bush, open scrubby land, and open fern land, there being very little natural grass land, the largest area being at the North Cape and even there the prevailing species are not indigenous to New Zealand. The whole country has been at no distant time covered by bush . . ."