Wilding Symposium
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Thursday, 30 July 2015 02:01

The New Zealand Plant Protection Society (Inc.) holds a pre-conference symposium at the annual NZPPS conference this year in Christchurch:

Managing wilding conifers in New Zealand: 12 years on

Monday 10 August 2015

The draft programme (pdf) is now available.

Programme topics include:

  • Did we bite off more than we could chew? - Lessons from the past 12 years (including new threats, non-coniferous wildings?)
  • Methods for the future (e.g. best methods (chemical etc), biocontrol, sterile, improved mapping and spread prediction)
  • Community awareness and public involvement (e.g. Community trusts, engaging volunteers etc.)
  • Policies, Plans and RMA? - working together?

Further talks on weeds will feature in the main conference.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 02:06
Tree weed exemption pre-1990 forest land
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Monday, 20 July 2015 01:12

The Ministry for Primary Industries released a important public notice in relation to tree weeds and their exemption for deforestation of pre- 1990 forest land.

Please read the public notice by clicking here.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 01:18
National Wilding Conifer Management Strategy 2015-2030 released
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Wednesday, 24 December 2014 23:35

The National Wilding Conifer Management Strategy has been released by the Ministry for Primary Industries just before Christmas and you can download it by clicking here

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Wilding Conifers displace native vegetation, change ecosystems, reduce available grazing land, limit future land use options, visually change landscapes, can affect water quantity in water sensitive catchments, and can result in damaging wild fires.

Approximately 1.7 million hectares, almost 6% of New Zealand, have already been affected to some extent by these unwanted trees.

Wilding conifers are continuing to increase in area at an average compounding rate of approximately 5-6% per year. At current infestation levels this equates to approx 90,000 hectares each year becoming infested.

Without effective control this initial infestation gets progressively denser until it is solid wilding conifer forest.

In March 2013 a working group was established to develop a strategy for the management of wilding conifers in New Zealand - The New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Strategy 2015 -2030. 

Membership of the working group consists of key stakeholders including the forestry and farming industries, regional and district councils, DOC, LINZ, NZDF, researchers and community trusts.

The strategy proposes a range of actions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of wilding conifer management.

MPI is currently leading a process to decide on the next-steps to implement the strategy.

If you have any questions please contact Sherman Smith on 04 894 0831 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Also if you want to get a hardcopy please send your request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it








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