2018 Wilding Conifer Conference

2018 NZ Wilding Conifer Conference Summary

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We had a very successful conference this year in Omarama. Some of the highlights of the conference included:

  • Hon Damien O’Connor, the Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Rural Communities, gave a keynote address in which he congratulated everyone on the success of control efforts so far.

  • A large variety of presentations on the control, prevention, and subsequent restoration following wilding conifer removal. We had speakers from a wide array of backgrounds (researchers, project managers, contractors, foresters, and more), and they highlighted the collaborations as well as complexities of the wilding issue.

  • A fun field trip complete with a logging demonstration.

Read the full summary of the conference here.


At the AGM of the Group on 26 October, the membership approved the direction of the Interim Management Committee to pursue the formation of a formal "NZ Wilding Conifer Group." Minutes from the AGM can be found here: 2018 AGM Minutes
Proposal guiding the formation of the New Group can be found here: Final Proposal