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Conservation project
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South Island
Wilding conifers, Lake Benmore

The Dunedin Wildling Pine Removal group focuses on manageable wilding control tasks around Dunedin, with occasional trips further afield.

Wilding Pines

Poisoned wilding pines on the northern slopes of Swampy Summit. Photo by Paul Smale.

Our main areas of activity are the hills around Dunedin, such as Flagstaff, Swampy Summit, and Mihiwaka. Our goal is to supplement the efforts of other groups, attacking local wildings that have a high environmental impact, both as seed sources and aesthetically detrimental impact. 

Target species include Pinus radiata and contorta, Douglas Fir, barberry and willow.

Our outings typically involve GPS navigation and off-track adventure. We pull out seedlings and use loppers and hand-saws to cut off small wildings.  Larger trees are drilled and poisoned during their growth phase.

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Paul Smale

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