More than a quarter of New Zealand is at risk of being smothered by wilding pines – including ancient native landscapes, unique biodiversity and productive soils for high-value sustainable land use.

Wilding conifers have a significant impact on the Whakatipu’s native ecosystems. Wilding conifers grow fast and tall, shading native plants out and changing those plant communities. Where there is dense wilding conifer growth, this can lead to local extinction of these native plant communities, the drying of wetlands and riparian areas, and resulting impacts on native fauna through the loss of habitat.

WCG work collaboratively and support other local conservation groups where ever we can to ensure success.

Central to the success of control efforts is the coordination of resources and a collaborative model.