Wilding Pines

The number one objective of the Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group (CWG for short) is to expand the awareness of the wilding pine threat in the region (and the rest of the country). More than quarter of NZ is at risk of being smothered by wilding pines - including ancient native landscapes. 

These pines grow faster than natives and although in the right place they can offer great shelter, left to spread they become a pest, infesting farmland, native ecosystems and even water catchments.

The spread of wilding pines is at a rate of 5% or 90,000 hectares per year (an area larger than the entire Queenstown Lakes District) and the impact this is having on our backyard is very real.

The CWG is an independent community not-for-profit organization formed in 2013 in response to mounting concerns about the impact and spread of wilding pines, and Silky Store NZ are proud to be doing our bit to help get rid of these pests.

To find out more about CWG and to see how you can also help - click here.

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