|Written by Nick Ledgard|
|Wednesday, 25 August 2010 00:00|
UPDATE (August, 2010)
Current NZ Wilding Conifer Management Group members are:
DOC, Forest companies, Environment Bay of Plenty, Environment Waikato, Hawkes Bay Regional Council, Horizons Regional Council, Tasman District Council, Marlborough District Council, Environment Canterbury, Environment Southland, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Land Information NZ, High Country Federated Farmers, Landcorp Farming, Royal Forest and Bird Society, Scion
Below is a brief update to explain how we have got where we are over the last 18 months:
On July 24, 2009, the South Island Wilding Conifer Management Group met at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch – at the end of 3 years of research, funded by MAF’s Sustainable Farming Fund and nine stakeholders.
At the meeting, there was agreement that the impetus of the Group’s wilding work needed to be maintained. Members wanted to see the website continued and further development of the Google Earth risk assessment package. In addition, there was discussion about the continuation of the vegetation succession research. To this end there was an application to MAF for SFF funding to complete work within existing Milestones, using some ‘carry-over’ funds remaining from the 2006-09 project
MAF agreed to a short term extension through to December 1, 2009. This, together with funding from the Group’s fifteen members, allowed a research programme to continue through to June 30, 2010. During this period, the focus was on creating more user-friendly risk mapping and demonstrating this to endusers, organising visits to properties with wilding issues, assessing vegetation successions associated with conifer control, and maintaining awareness via the website.
As the wilding research activities extended more into the North Island, the name of the Group was changed to the New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Group (formerly it was the South Island WCMG). If you wish see a summary of work during this period to June, 2010, look at the mid-2010 Newsletter (link to Newsletter).
At the end of this period, a meeting on July 24 at the School of Forestry, Canterbury University, Christchurch, was attended by 16 members. These represented DOC (2), Councils (4), forestry companies (4), Fed Farmers (1), LINZ (1), MAF (1) and Scion (3). Last year's research results were presented in the form of a report on vegetation successions following wilding control (link), plus Ppt addresses on other topics (link). All these (see links above), plus the meeting minutes (link) can be accessed on this website.
As at the meeting a year before, there was 100% support for the further continuation of the Group through 2010-11. This was endorsed by emails from non-attendees before and after the meeting. The main purpose is for the Group to become a national wilding 'umbrella entity, with the core function of gathering and sharing information (mainly via website), contributing towards a national policy and lobbying for regulatory changes and additional funding. It was agreed that if we do not satisfy members that we have achieved this after one year, then we will go our separate ways. Hamish Roxburgh was re-elected as Chairman, with Thomas Paul and Graham Coker (Scion) maintaining the website, and Nick Ledgard continuing as Manager. A Steering Committee of representative(s) from the main member agencies (see above) was elected.
Since that meeting, the Group Agreement has been modified and will be presented at a Steering Committee meeting on October 20, 2010. Go to (give link) to see the Agenda for this meeting.
The project formerly started on July 2006.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 October 2010 03:49|