December 21, 2018
Summer's control is underway
This season's control work is well underway and sees the Programme consolidate somewhat, with a focus on removing a number of remaining infestations and seed sources within areas where we've been working in the first two years.
Programme partners have also been looking ahead to what Phase II of the programme should look like, and what will be needed to deliver it. We will be working with partners at the regional level in the New Year to develop further planning for future work under the Programme.
There is wide agreement that the collaborative national approach to tackling wildings has been a real strength of the Programme and one that we should continue to build on going forward. It is interesting to note that, increasingly, the wilding conifer Programme is seen as an approach that can inform collaborative programmes on other issues.
The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme team wish you all the best for festive season. Try not to bore your friends and family by pointing out all the wildings on your holiday road trip, and we will be in touch in the New Year.
Health and Safety
The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme is continuing to put a strong emphasis on ensuring that we create a safe working environment and culture. To do this we need to know what’s happening on the ground.
So a reminder for all those involved in the Programme to please report all hazards, near misses, & incidents – as this may be part of broader pattern
The NZ Wilding Conifer Conference this year was held in Omarama and had a record attendance of around 95 participants. Hon. Damien O'Connor, Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Rural Communities gave the keynote address in which he congratulated everyone on the success of the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme and confirmed his support of wilding conifer control.
The conference included updates from each region and community trusts as well as research and operations presentations. The conference field trip was on the second day, where participants heard from local farmers and landowners about the local issues as well as accomplishments. Overall, the conference was a big success. A full summary of the conference is available on the wilding conifer website.
Programme Annual Report
The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme 2017/18 Annual Report was published in October, in time for the NZ Wilding Conifer Conference.You can download the report from the wilding conifer website, or email email@example.com for hard copies – just tell us how many, and where you want them delivered.
One Billion Trees Fund
Where a wilding conifer forest is removed, the land may – in suitable places – be put back into more productive uses – eg pasture or planted trees. Where a decision is made to plant in trees, the One Billion Trees fund may be able to assist in the planting of low-spread-risk trees.The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme is working alongside the 1 Billion Trees fund to look at opportunities around this.