Annual Group Meeting in Rotorua 7-8th April 2014
Written by Thomas Paul   
Friday, 20 June 2014 01:02

The 2014 annual meeting of the National Wilding Conifer Management Group was held in conjunction with the North Island Wilding Conifer Group bi-annual meeting at the Scion Campus, Rotorua. Again over 30 people from across the country with a strong contingency from the North Island attended the one day meeting and also joined the fieldtrip that covered wilding conifer areas in the Central North Island. A particular high point was the visit to the Waiouru NZ Army area - not only a "training" ground for the army but for wilding conifer control teams too.

After a short introduction and the Annual General Meeting of the Groups (draft minutes can be found here) at the start of the meeting, the day was filled with information and updates related to wilding conifer management from the regions and affected areas (representatives gave a short overview of their actions) and wilding conifer related research.

Presentations covered the progress of the WCG in Queenstown (click here for the presentation), updates on the work that Horizon is doing and a update on the development of the North Island Initiative -Nature Central-. Brian Richardson General Manager for Forestry Science gave an introduction to Scion and talked about Scions long history in wilding conifer management (early control at Waiouru, click here for the presentation). Kit Richards provided a forest management perspective on forest certification (Forest Stewardship Council) as this requires now the monitoring and management of spread from plantations (click here for presentation). Thomas Paul gave an overview of this years progress on the SFF work (click here) and touched briefly on the possible way forward in regards to mapping of wilding areas on a national scale and how this data could be made available via a LINZ Initiative (David Mole) (click here). Stefan Gous (Scion) and Pete Raal (DoC) gave an update on aerial and ground based control systems and chemicals (click here). Armin Wagner talked about Scion's research in Genetics of pines that might lead someday to the development of trees that do not spread (click here). Veronica Clifford, researcher with the Scion Fire Team, gave a presentation on wildings and fire, understanding the impact of wildings on fire risk in NZ and fire as a potential control tool (click here). Duane Peltzer from Landcare Research had the last word, giving a good overview of their co-invasion work and future directions of their research in the weeds and wildings space (click here).


Overall the workshop was well received and the field-trip provided a good overview of the situation in the Central North Island. Great inroads have been made controlling Lodgepole pine, but still a lot of work needs to be done to reduce wilding "pressure" on landscape and biodiversity values in the Central North Island.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 23:12
NZ Wilding Conifer Management Strategy - Draft for Discussion
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:37

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) develops currenltly with stakeholders a strategy (download here) to improve the management of wilding conifers in New Zealand.

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




Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 23:14
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
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