Wilding News: Summer 2018

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December 21, 2018

NO. 3:  SUMMER 2018

Summer's control is underway

It is hard to believe that we're already half way through the third and final year of Phase I of the National Wilding Conifer Programme. There seems to be a real momentum now on addressing wilding conifers and it's inspiring to see the difference that everyone’s collective efforts have made over the last couple of years. We have turned the tide of wilding conifer invasion in some truly iconic areas of New Zealand  

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.

Merry Christmas


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


Omarama Conference

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.

2018 Omarama Conference


New Zealand Wilding Conifer Trust update

After the AGM in October, the new NZ Wilding Conifer Trust has been working in earnest on writing the Trust Deed to become a legal entity. The Group plans to hold a Special General Meeting in February or March next year to ratify the Trust Deed.

The Trust's coordinator, Rowan Sprague, has begun visiting community groups to introduce herself and discuss how the NZWCT can help them. She is gaining a better picture of the variety of challenges facing community groups as well as their immense achievements in wilding control.


Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust celebrates

Congratulations to everyone involved in helping rid the Marlborough Sounds of wilding conifers.

The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Since its formation in 2008, it has treated more than 100,000 wilding conifers in Marlborough Sounds, and raised over $2 million to support this work.

Acknowledging the combined efforts of landowners, volunteers, DOC and the council, Trust chair John Hellstrom says the region is on track to having "large areas of the Marlborough Sounds" free of conifers.

"It's amazing that in 10 years we've stemmed the tsunami of wilding pines that once threatened this special part of New Zealand," he says.

Congratulations! And well done to everyone involved. 


New wilding conifer ID guide

A new field guide has been developed for identifying high country wilding conifers, and is available free from the Programme.

This leaflet helps people simply identify 17 conifer species that occur as wildings in our high country. It was developed in collaboration with the Programme’s Operational and Technical Advisory Groups.

Free copies are available by emailing just let us know how many you would like and where you want them delivered.

You can also download a copy of the ID Guide from the wilding conifer website.

Wilding Conifer ID Guide newsletter


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 for hard copies – just tell us how many, and where you want them delivered.
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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.
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