NZ Wilding Conifer Management Strategy - Draft for Discussion
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:37

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites feedback on a draft strategy (download here) to improve the management of wilding conifers in New Zealand.

Please provide submissions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 2nd May 2014 (extended)

The strategy aims to enable key parties to address the spread of wilding conifers, and contain or eradicate established areas of wilding conifers by 2030. The strategy sets out a number of high level actions to support that goal.

MPI has worked closely with a working group of key stakeholders to develop the draft strategy. The Working Group includes representatives from; the forestry and farming industries, regional and district councils, Department of Conservation, Land Information New Zealand, New Zealand Defence Force, SCION, and community groups.

This strategy builds on an MPI commissioned Pacific Eco-Logic status report on wilding conifer management that was developed with input from members of the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Group. This report can be found here

All submissions received will be considered by the working group and will inform the final strategy.




Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 00:48
Annual meeting of the NZ Wilding Conifer Management Group in Richmond - 22-23 August 2013
Written by Thomas Paul   
Monday, 23 September 2013 23:57

The 2013 annual meeting of the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Group was held this year in Richmond in the Nelson District Council Chambers. Over 30 people from across the country and with an interest in wilding conifer management attended and it seems that each year the number of people joining us in our annual meeting increases. Great to see that there is an increasing interest in managing wilding conifers.

After a short introduction and the Annual General Meeting of the Group (click here for presentation; draft minutes can be found here) in the morning, the day was filled with information and updates related to wilding conifer management.

A big plus this year were presentations from the active community groups and trusts (Mid Dome Trust, WCG, WELRA, Birdsong Trust and Marlborough Sounds Trust) as they were very encouraging. Its great to see that funding for most of these groups is continuing and that all of them take a very active approach not only to directly control wilding conifers but also aim to educate and inform communities about their work and the wilding problem in a direct and proactive fashion as balanced and objective information is vital to prevent misconceptions about the wilding problem.

Further presentations were well received and informed attendees about the current extent and severity of wilding conifers (National inventory and ECAN study - presentation or report), ways to monitor wilding infested areas and their control and DOC's approach to kill wildings with chemicals (click here). Sherman Smith provided an update on the national wilding conifer strategy (click here) and Thomas Paul provided an overview of the new SFF programme (click here) that will provide support for the national strategy. Nick Ledgard gave his impressions how South Americans are now dealing with their growing wilding problem (click here) before Andrew MacAlistair (click here) and Dan Chisnall (click here) introduced us to the wilding conifer situation in the region and informed us about the field trip for the next day.


Thanks to ETEC crop solutions which provide a powerful ready to use herbicide (X-Tree basal) WELRA was the lucky winner of a draw and Maree and Ray Goldring travelled back with quite a load of herbicide in the back of their wagon. How to use X-Tree basal can be viewed here (check the video out - but you might need the windows video player plugin).

The field-trip allowed the participants to mingle and discuss the wilding issue at site and Andrew Karolus from Nelson Forests explained how Nelson Forests deals with wildings that his company inherited. Inwoods Lookout and the situation at Gordons Knob was particularly interesting as legacy plantings, production forestry, private blocks and Conservation estate are bordering each other - making conducted and coordinated wilding control difficult.

A huge thanks to the people who made this meeting a great event, so all the presenters and speakers but especially Lindsay Vaughan who kept us

well feed and sheltered by organising the meeting room, lunches and coffee and Andrew Macalistair for organising the field trip and meeting. Thanks again to make this a great event!

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014 20:31
Report on the status of wilding conifers in New Zealand released
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 23:42

The long awaited report on the status of wilding conifers has been released by the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) which will provide a very good overview over the wilding conifer situation in New Zealand. The report has been developed over the last year by Victoria Froude from Pacific Eco logic commissioned by MPI in April 2011 to develop a report with the purpose to bring together information to address the historical factors, the current state and the impacts of wilding conifers but also the legislation and policy and the current management and control of wilding conifers. Logically the report also identified barriers to manage and control and the current and future risks associated with wilding spread and land use issues. In addition the report informs the reader on current research and potential opportunities and by including of a number of case studies highlight some of the ecological problems arising from wildings.

This overview led to a number of recommendations in the report to improve and guide future action and to assist MPI to determine their future role with respect to wilding conifers under the Pest Management: National Plan of Action (PMNPA) and to identify opportunities for improving efficiency and effectiveness of wilding conifer management in New Zealand.

As the report was prepared and reviewed, a wide range of stakeholders had the opportunity to contribute their perspectives, ideas and information and it gave many stakeholders also a chance to confirm or question collated information or add additional and alternative information. This allowed the identification of topics and issues where consensus exists and the identification of ways how parties could work together to improve policy and management systems affecting wilding conifer management. The WCMG and most of its members were actively involved in the development of this report. The WCMG could also provide the appropriate stakeholder forum for the preparation of the non-statutory national strategy for wilding conifer management.


The first two key recommendations from this report, that have been signed off by the Minister so far are:


  • That a non-statutory national strategy be prepared for wilding conifer management. The issues and options in the report provide a framework for the strategy and
  • That the Ministry of Primary Industries be the lead agency for preparing this strategy.



The main report (a real “door-stopper” of 207 pages) can be downloaded by clicking here.

A summary report including the key-components of the primary report and an evaluation of current and potential wilding conifer management can be downloaded by clicking here.

A number of appendices (Distribution maps from the Department of Conservation) that a supplementary information to the report are available under Maps & Models





Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:26