Community groups

Wilding conifers are a big problem, but we’re making great progress. The more people that help, the quicker we can get the problem under control.

There are many ways and levels to be involved, and lots of support available, such as workshops, field days, presentations, work bees, newsletters and apps.

Look through the options below, visit the websites, get in touch and get started.

Are there wilding conifers near me?

The maps below show wilding conifer affected places, and areas being controlled under the National Programme for 2016–2018.

View a map of the North Island control areas [PDF, 2.1 MB]

View a map of the South Island control areas [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Join your local group

Many community groups are actively controlling wilding conifers, and are an important part of control. These groups often organise volunteer days, and they welcome your help. Being part of a group can be fun and satisfying. You don’t need any special knowledge, skills or tools, just an average fitness level.

See if your area has a local wilding conifer group, below. If not, check out the other weed and conservation group websites listed further down.

Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust (Marlborough)

The Marlborough Trust raises awareness about and controls wilding conifers at the top of the South Island.

Watch this informative video about the Trust and their work in the Sounds.

Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust (Marahau, Nelson/Tasman) 

The Trust is a partnership between the community, commercial operators and DOC. It protects and enhances biodiversity to improve visitor experiences in Abel Tasman National Park, and includes a wilding pine control project.

Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance  (WELRA, Canterbury)

WELRA tackles the wilding conifer problem in the Craigieburn area, the Castle Hill Basin, the Torlesse Range and surrounds. It was established in 2008 by landowners, managers, local residents, DOC, Environment Canterbury and the Canterbury Environmental Trust.

Mackenzie Basin Wilding Trees Charitable Trust (Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury)

The Mackenzie Wilding Trust is a registered Charity, formed in 2016 as a vehicle to promote knowledge about the impact of wilding trees in the Mackenzie Basin and to work with stakeholders to implement a strategic approach to deal with the challenges wilding trees present.

Ohau Conservation Trust (Mackenzie Basin, South Canterbury) 

The Trust work to preserve the iconic tussock grasslands and native flora around Lake Ohau.

Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group (Central Otago)

Contact DOC’s Alexandra Office

Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group  (WCG, Queenstown)

WCG controls wilding conifers in the Wakatipu Basin area to protect the remarkable landscape and biodiversity of this region. It was established in 2009.

The Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust  (Southland)

The Mid Dome Trust controls wilding conifers on Mid Dome – an iconic area in the centre of Southland, but also a prime ‘take off’ site for wilding conifers spreading into the surrounding tussock and farmland.

Weedbusters

Weedbusters is a weeds awareness and education programme protecting New Zealand's environment from the increasing weed problem.

There are more than 200 Weedbusters groups throughout New Zealand – use the Weedbusters website to find and contact your local group.

Naturespace

A website supporting people with ecological restoration in New Zealand, and a one-stop-shop to access information and resources.

Your local Department of Conservation office

Your local DOC office can connect you with other initiatives in your area.

Sign up for updates about the National Wilding Control Programme

Other helpful websites:

Control methods

Control methods

On your place

Learn how to control wilding conifers on your property, and how and what trees to plant to reduce further wilding spread