The one-day wilding workshop was held on the 25th January at the VII Southern Connection Congress in Dunedin and brought together wilding practitioners and researchers from both NZ and off-shore.  The aim was to improve wilding knowledge and management - get researchers to understand where they can help operators most, and vice-versa. 

The workshop was well attended and raised the awareness around wildings in the Southern Hemisphere and many of the wilding related problems  appear to be very similar in South Africa, South America (Chile, Brazil, Argentina), Australia and New Zealand. The given presentations can be downloaded and viewed by clicking at the links below.

Presentations

Nick Ledgard (NZ,Consultant) & Victoria Froude (Pacific Eco-logic): Where are we with wilding conifer management in New Zealand?

Anibal Pauchard (Chile, LIB): Invasive conifers in South America: Moving from assessment to management

Brian van Wilgen (South Africa, CIB) : Where are we with wilding tree management in South Africa?

Yvonne Buckley (Australia, ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions): Wilding tree management and research in Australia and spread in New Zealand 

Thomas Paul (NZ, Scion) : Basic research supporting wilding conifer management in New Zealand & Duane Peltzer (NZ, Manaaki Whenua) Research into wildings 

Peter Raal (NZ, DoC): Operational research supporting wilding conifer management in New Zealand

Anibal Pauchard (Chile, LIB): Pinus contorta as a model species for global research on invasive trees: insights from Patagonia

Bruce Maxwell (US, Montana State University) & Thomas Paul (NZ, Scion): Modelling wilding spread for managers - how practical is it?

Clayson Howell & Keith Briden (NZ, DoC): Managers attitudes and needs relative to future research assistance for wilding conifer management

Richard Bowman (NZ, Environment Southland): The role of local government in managing wilding conifers and supporting related research in New Zealand

Andrew Macalister (NZ, R&D Environmental Ltd) & Briana Pringle (NZ, Queenstown Lakes District Council): The role of community groups in wilding management

Nick Ledgard (NZ, Consultant): A New Zealand plantation owners viewpoint

Victoria Froude (NZ, Pacific Eco-Logic) & Sherman Smith (NZ, Ministry of Primary Industries): A collective approach to identifying opportunities and solutions for improving wilding conifer management in New Zealand