In many parts of the country where wilding conifers have been recognised as a problem community groups and Trust are actively involved in the management and control of wilding conifers. Below is a list of community groups known to us. These groups often organize volunteer days and need support. If you want to participate you can find out more by following the provided links.
Marlborough Sound Restoration Trust (Marlborough)
The newly founded Trust was established in 2007 to protect one of New Zealand's special places and deals with wilding pines and their removement from the Sounds in the north of the South Island.
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Waimakariri Ecological and Landscape Restoration Alliance (Welra; Canterbury)
WELRA was established 2008 by landowners, mangers, local residents, DoC, ECan and the Canterbury Environmental Trust to tackle the wilding conifer problem in the Craigieburn area, the Castle Hill Basin, the Torlesse Range and the surroundings.
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Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group (WCG; Queenstown)
The WCG was created in 2009 and aims to control wilding conifers in the Wakatipu Basin and its surrounding to protect the remarkable landscape and biodiversity of this area.
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The Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust (Southland)
The Trust deals with the control of wilding conifers on Mid Dome - an iconic place in the centre of Southland but also a prime "take off" site for wilding conifers (dominantly lodgepole pine) spreading into the surrounding tussock and farmland.
The Trust has now its own website that informs about the Trust, the challenge and actions that are and will be required to halt the invasion stemming from old "legacy" plantings at Mid Dome. Additional information can also be found in the Get involved section on this website.
The weedbusters website
Weedbusters is a weeds awareness and education programme that aims to protect New Zealand's environment from the increasing weed problem.
The vision of weedbusters: New Zealanders are aware of and taking action to reduce the impact of weeds on the environment, economy and human health.
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