Controlling Invasive Species in New Zealand


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by Robert Barossi

I’ve often mentioned that volunteers are hard at work in every corner of the globe. There is nowhere on the planet where volunteers aren’t involved in some kind of important and impactful work. This story out of New Zealand shows how volunteers there are working hard to remove or at least control an invasive species, wilding conifers. These trees, also called wilding pines, are considered a major threat to ecosystems and biodiversity in New Zealand. Among the organizations dealing with the problem is Environment Canterbury, which is leading events focused solely on removing and controlling the plants.

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