New Zealand Government

New soil health and land Use environmental snapshot report cards

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Source: New Zealand Government

New snapshot report cards on soil health and land use are available on the Ministry’s website.  

The environmental snapshot reports soil health from approximately 740 sites in 12 regions, sampled by regional councils between 1995 and 2009. Close to 300 of these sites were re-sampled to determine changes over time. The samples represent soils under indigenous land cover and under five productive land uses:  

  • drystock (ie, sheep and beef farming)
  • dairy
  • forestry
  • cropping
  • horticulture.

Seven soil measures were monitored to provide information about the organic reserves, fertility, acidity and physical status of our soils. Collectively, these measures can tell us about the health of our soils and also allow changes in soil health due to land management to be detected.

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