During the VII Southern Connection Congress in Dunedin (Jan 21-25, 2013) a wilding conifer workshop will be held on the Friday the 25th of January.

Cost to attend the workshop are NZ$287.50 ( Daily registration via https://secure-www.otago.ac.nz/conferences/southernconnections/ )

The title of the wilding workshop (No 13) is

“Learning more about wilding tree management”,

and it includes input about the invasive conifer scenes in S. America, S. Africa, Australia and NZ.

The programme:

0915-010.35 Session 1.‘The current wilding management scene’

i)  Where are we with wilding tree management in NZ? Nick Ledgard (Scion, Christchurch - retired), Vicky Froude (Pacific Eco-Logic Ltd, Bay of Islands)

ii) Where are we with wilding tree management in S. America? Anibal Pauchard (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Martin Nunez (Bariloche, Argentina), Rafael Zenni (Parana, Brazil)

iii) Where are we with wilding tree management in S. Africa? Brian van Wilgen (CSIR Natural Resources and the Environment, Stellenbosch) and Dave Richardson (Stellenbosch University, S. Africa)

iv) Wilding tree management and research in Australia Yvonne Buckley (University of Queensland, Australia)

1035-1110  Morning  tea

1110-12.30 Session 2.‘How research has helped to improve wilding management’

i)  'Process’ research supporting wilding conifer management in New Zealand  Thomas Paul (Scion, Rotorua) Nick Ledgard (Scion, Christchurch - retired), Duane Peltzer and Ian Dickie (Landcare Research, Canterbury)

ii) Operational research supporting  wilding conifer management in New Zealand  Pete Raal (Dept of Conservation, Dunedin); Stephan Gous (Scion, Rotorua)

iii) Major research themes supporting wilding conifer management in S. America Anibal Pauchard and Barbara Langford (Universidad de Concepción, Chile), Martin Nunez (Bariloche, Argentina)

iv) Major research themes supporting wilding tree management in S. Africa Brian van Wilgen and Dave Richardson (Stellenbosch, S. Africa)

1230-1330   Lunch

1415-15.35  Session 3. ‘End-user attitude and needs, and how research can help?’

i)  Modeling wilding spread for managers – how practical is it? Bruce Maxwell (Univ of Montana, USA), Thomas Paul (Scion, Rotorua)

ii) NZ DOC’s attitudes and needs relative to future assistance for wilding control Keith Briden (Dept of Conservation, Christchurch),  Clayson Howell (Dept of Conservation, Wellington)

iii) NZ territorial authority attitude and needs in regards to wilding spread and research Richard Bowman (Environment Southland, Invercargill)

iv)  NZ forest company attitude and needs in regards to wilding spread and research   Forest  company rep (to be determined)

1535-1610   Afternoon tea

1610-1730   Session 4.‘Involving end-users in wilding management and research’

i) NZ Wilding Conifer Management Group – how successful? Nick Ledgard (Scion, Christchurch - retired), Thomas Paul (Scion, Rotorua)

ii)Role of community groups in wilding management Andrew Macalistair (Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, Picton), Briana Pringle (Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group, Queenstown)

iii) A collective approach to identifying opportunities and solutions for improving wilding management                                                                                       Sherman Smith (Min of Primary Industries, Wellington) and Vicki Froude (Pacific Eco-Logic, Bay of Islands)

iv) Wrap -up