Environment Canterbury and our partners have made great progress under the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme, but there is still plenty more to do.
Wilding pines, or wilding conifers, are the wrong trees in the wrong place. More than a quarter of New Zealand is at risk of being smothered by these invasive pests, which affect ancient native landscapes, unique biodiversity and productive soils.
We have been involved in wilding pine control since 2003. In 2016, we partnered with the National Wilding Conifer Control Programme (NWCCP)(external link) to plan and coordinate control across Waitaha Canterbury.
What's the problem with wilding pines?
Learn why wilding pines are a pest and how to identify them.
Controlling wilding pines
Find out what we and our partners are doing to control wilding pines.
National wilding conifer control programme
Find out more about the national control programme.
Wilding pine control handbook
A helpful guide for landowners aiming to eliminate planted or wilding pines and curb their spread.
If you live in the Twizel area, register your interest by 19 August to remove wilding conifers from your property.