Protecting our landscapes for the future
More than a quarter of New Zealand is at risk of being smothered by wilding pines - including ancient native landscapes, unique biodiversity and productive soils for high value sustainable land use.
Wilding pines refers to several species of conifer, fir, larch and pines trees that spread widely and grow faster than natives.
In the right place, conifers (aka pines) offer shelter and opportunities for recreation and income, but left to spread they become a pest - infesting farmland, native ecosystems and water catchments.
The National Wilding Conifer Control Programme and our partners are working hard to prevent the spread.