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.
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.Read more about 'Guest Blog Post:...'
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.Read more about 'Guest Blog Post...'
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.Read more about 'What lies beneath:...'
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.Read more about 'Are prescribed burns...'