Sustainability OF MOUNT LINTON

The Station is run as a free range sustainable sheep and beef farming operation with fenced off waterways, areas of native bush and shelter belts. Concerted efforts are made to minimise chemical and fertiliser usage, along with best farming practices, which results in healthy stock and healthy waterways.

BUSH

The native bush on the Station includes beech trees, broadleaf, pitisporum, manuka and others. There is 168ha of retired bush and 410ha of unfenced bush.

DEER PENS

Unfenced native bush
Area: 42ha BARCOO BUSH
Unfenced native bush
Area: 106ha

BARCOO NATIVE

Fenced native bush
Area: 131ha

LINTON HILL BUSH

Fenced native bush
Area: 22.2ha

WATSONS BUSH

Fenced native bush
Area: 13.7ha

FORESTRY

The Station has 450ha in plantations of Pinus Radiata, Macrocarpa and Douglas Fir. They range in age from 2 to 34 years. The plantations typically cover areas of hill country that is easily accessible and productive.

BOYDS FOREST

Area : 29.6ha

MILL TREES

Area: 2.8ha

R HILL FOREST

Area: 12.4ha

UKRAINE TREES

Area: 6.2ha

CHALMERS TREES

Area: 7.1ha

LINTON HILL FOREST 1

Area: 64.4ha

REIDS

Area: 113.3ha

WHEELERS

Area: 64ha

FAR HILL FOREST

Area: 64.4ha

LINTON HILL FOREST 2

Area: 38.1ha

TIMOTHY TREES

Area: 6ha

WETLAND

A 13.9ha area on the down land area of the Station was retired from grazing in 2004 to preserve its natural characteristics.

SHELTERBELT

An extensive shelterbelt program began in 2005 on the Station. The rolling hill country areas on the Station are exposed to southerly weather conditions and prone to water-logging on particular soil types. In the first year, 52km of belts were planted with various varieties of Eucalyptus trees, to lessen the impact of these environmental factors on stock performance. An ongoing program is in place to maintain and create shelterbelts.

RIPARIAN STRIPS

Protecting some of the main waterways on the Station from erosion caused by stock and natural factors has been a priority in particularly susceptible areas. Ten areas totalling 79.6ha have been fenced off as riparian strips, including one that has been planted with poplars.

FERNIE LANE

Area: 4ha

ROCK HUT RIVER RESERVE

Area: 8ha

GENETIC UNIT

Area: 7ha

Timothy Flat / No 5 Stream

Area: 9ha

Linton Creek

Area: 11ha

Loch McGregor Stream

Area: 5ha

Baine's/Carmicheal Stream

Area: 10ha

Wairakei flats

Area: 21ha

Dials Creek

Area: 4.6ha

LOCH MCGREGOR

In 2003, a 22.5ha area was created into a lake to attract wildlife and support native plantings, which were added in 2004.