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Annual Report for the NZWCG

August 16, 2019

Read our first Annual Report here!

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Phase II - Budget Announcement

July 08, 2019

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme received an additional $21 million Crown funding, over the next two years 2019-21, to protect biodiversity, farmland, and iconic landscapes from the impact of wilding conifers.

This means that Phase II will begin, and the funding will likely be directed at maintaining previously cleared areas and continuing to roll-back infestations in those areas of the country (Management Units) where the Programme is already active. The exact areas and extent of operations will be decided by the Programme’s Governance Group and Operational Advisory Groups. These decisions are likely by August 2019.

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Wildings in the News Across the Country

May 17, 2019

Wilding conifers are in the news almost every week, demonstrating the good work of many communities as well as the critical need for funding and support.
Check out these recent news articles about wildings!
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FIRE CAUTION: High Grass or Tussock Cover

March 07, 2019

Due to high fire risk around the country the following actions should be mandatory.

One near miss has been reported where a vehicle was parked while a gate was being opened. Smoke was smelt coming from under the vehicle, the vehicle was quickly moved off and ignition was averted. 

The following is recommended when working in country that has higher than normal grass cover or tussock that may ignite from vehicles.  This also includes grass verges particularly during these high fire risk times.  

  • It is recommended that all vehicles are fitted with an exhaust spark arrestor.
  • Driving in high grass/tussock/scrub should be avoided where possible. If not possible, suitable pressurised water capacity should be considered.
  • All vehicles/trailers are required to have fire extinguisher (2kg or greater) fitted. Regular checks of extinguishers is recommended.
  • Daily and regular inspection (especially when vehicle is in these conditions) by the driver should take place of the undercarriage of the entire vehicle and remove any accumulated vegetation, especially upon leaving the field and returning to the road.

Further information can be  sought from FENZ web site https://fireandemergency.nz of fire conditions and restrictions in place in your area of work. Also refer to Heat and Spark Hazardous Operations (Hotworks) fire prevention guidelines.

 

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Wilding News: Summer 2018

December 21, 2018

NO. 3:  SUMMER 2018

Summer's control is underway

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Wilding Conifer Annual Report 2017/18

October 26, 2018

Phase 1 of the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme has shown that we can get on top of our No.1 plant pest - through a combination of improved technologies, focussed and coordinated efforts, and added funding.  Our aim in Phase 1 was to tackle priority areas of infestation, and sort out systems and processes before potentially scaling the Programme up.

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NZ Wilding Conifer Conference 2018

September 13, 2018

Celebrating our wilding successes so far

25-26 October, 2018

Countrytime Hotel, Omarama

  • Keynote address by Hon Damien O'Connor, Minister for Agriculture, Biosecurity, and Food Safety
  • Presentation about control/management, prevention, and restoration
  • Field trip to see successes of wilding conifer control

Download the conference flyer for more details and accomodation options.

To register: download the registration form, then fill it in and email to Rowan.Sprague@lincolnuni.ac.nz

 

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Wilding conifer app wins international award

July 13, 2018

The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme is a partnership between LINZ, the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Department of Conservation, the New Zealand Defence Force, regional and district councils, forestry, farming and community groups.

LINZ leads the information work stream component of the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme, which has involved developing the WCIS.

The WCIS won a New Zealand Spatial Excellence Award in November 2017

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