Welcome to the NZ Wilding Conifer Group's blog 'Walk on the Wilding Side'! Here we will post the latest updates from our stakeholders as well as recent research and scientific findings related to wilding conifers. All o-pine-ions posted here are our own.


Guest Blog Post: Restoration Findings from the Wakatipu Beech Seeding Project

June 15, 2020

By Hilary Lennox

Restoration of native forests in New Zealand has previously been undertaken by planting young trees raised in nurseries and tending to those trees for several years to protect them from environmental risk factors. More recently, there have been studies into restoration methodologies using seed rather than seedlings. One such project was the 3-year Wakatipu Beech Seeding Project (WBSP), which trialed different methods of collecting, processing, treating and broadcasting seeds into areas of controlled (sprayed) wilding conifer forest around the Wakatipu with the aim of facilitating the restoration of exotic conifer stands back into native forest.

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Guest Blog Post from Joanna Green: Part 2

May 18, 2020

Welcome back to the wilding conifer guest blog by PhD student, Joanna Green. As promised, I will now write about my research at the University of Canterbury. If you remember previously, I discussed the concept of adjusting to change. I will now continue this theme but getting a bit more applied.

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Guest Blog Post from Joanna Green: Part 1

April 29, 2020

This blog post will be a bit different from earlier ones as it comes from personal experiences of a wilding conifer researcher, in this case a post-graduate student, Joanna Green.

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What lies beneath: How nematodes are affected by wilding conifers

March 17, 2020

One of the aims of the Winning Against Wildings research programme is to better understand how ecosystems are affected by wilding trees. We want to know how different impacts change with the density of infestations, and we also want to know if once we remove wildings, how will ecosystems respond.

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Are prescribed burns an option to control wildings?

December 18, 2019

On 21 November, a group of about 25 people all gathered in 4WDs at Hamish Roxburgh’s station for a tour and discussion about prescribed burns of wilding pines. Hamish’s station is in North Canterbury in the Amuri Range, and he has been using burning as a way to control wildings for almost 25 years.

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