The National Strategy and what it means for landholders and farmers

The New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Strategy 2015–2030

The New Zealand Wilding Conifer Management Strategy is a plan for collaborative management of wildings, and the Government has allocated an additional $16 million over four years (2016–2019) to control wilding conifers in priority areas.

Landholders - help support the national strategy:

  • Avoid high risk plantings in high spread risk areas, and manage spread from conifer plantings on your land.

  • Follow best management practices (and industry standards) when planting and managing sites that could spread. 
    -  For methods on 'best practice' please take a look at the Good Practice Guides on the Publications page

  • Work collaboratively with local government, central government and neighbours to manage ‘legacy’ (historic) wilding conifer infestations.

  • Meet principles agreed in any forestry accords related to this strategy.

Farmers - help support the national strategy:

  • Take early action to remove wilding conifers received either by long distance wind dispersal, or following the removal of legacy infestations.

  • Support management of a neighbouring conifer plantation by allowing access for forest owners to control their fringe spread.

  • Consider how land-use management changes could increase the risk of spread – for example, retiring land from grazing sheep may result in more wilding conifers.

  • Comply with the regional pest management plan under the Biosecurity Act 1993 , or

  • any land-use rules under the Ministry for the Environment - RMA 

In high priority control areas, eligible landholders can receive up to 90% funding for controlling wildings on their property.

For 2017–18, these high priority areas are listed under ‘Management Unit’ in the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme Delivery model (operations) 2016/17

If your land is within one of these units you will be contacted and asked if you wish to join the Programme. For more information about this, or other potential funding options, please contact your regional council.

You can learn more about the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme here.