National Programme funding for wilding conifer control is being directed to priority sites across New Zealand.
These are places where it's been decided that investment will provide the greatest return, in terms of:
Prioritising has been done using a system that takes into account:
Most sites determined a priority are in the eastern South Island, as the land cover in these areas is highly vulnerable to wilding conifer invasion.
Wildland Consultants undertook this work, in consultation with key stakeholders. Find further details of the prioritisation methodology in their report: Methods for the Prioritisation of Wilding Conifer Sites across New Zealand.