11/11/2020 - The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust is taking a collaborative approach to an ambitious but already encouragingly effective project to eradicate wilding pines from this beautiful and sensitive environment.
The project, one of New Zealand’s most successful, began back in 2003 with a meeting of a group of enthusiastic local volunteers, who were determined to restore and protect the natural environment of the Sounds.
Wilding pines have long been a significant problem in the area. They undermine the areas scenic qualities and are overtaking native plants as the dominant species. Thick stands of pines also present a major fire risk and can reduce catchment water flows.