Joint Project with the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group
Seed-based Native Forest Restoration
The Wakatipu Beech Seeding Project was a 3-year, joint research project between the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group and the Wakatipu Reforestation Trust, with technical support from Ahika Consulting Limited, Scion Research Institute and the University of Otago.
This community-based project explored the viability and efficiency of broadcasting native seed into stands of sprayed wilding conifers as a way of facilitating the restoration of these areas of dead trees back into native forest. At present, many of these sites have limited native seed sources nearby and so weed species can end up recolonising these areas instead.