Wilding pines

Marching armies of wilding pines are being halted in their tracks in the Abel Tasman but another ten years of vigilance will be needed to ensure they do not get away again. 

In 2010 the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust began an $650,000 project to eradicate pines of cone bearing age from high priority coastal areas of the Park.  The arrival of Project Janszoon meant the completion of this initial project was accelerated, and the initial strike was completed in 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of wilding pines have been poisoned, stretching from Tinline Bay in the south to Taupo Point in the north. Follow-up control has been undertaken by Project Janszoon and DOC, with the Birdsong Trust completing the initial control of some small remaining areas, with support from the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve Fund.

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Poisoning a wilding pine

Without intervention, the ridgelines of the Park would have eventually turned into a wilding pine forest. Instead, you now see brown, dying pines and these before and after photos show the immediate impact of the work.  Ultimately, the removal of pines will allow native forest to recover, transforming the Park’s skyline and providing habitat for native species.

Anchorage Stand BeforeAfter

A ten-year programme is now underway to remove wilding pine seedlings.