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WAIMAKARIRI ECOLOGICAL AND LANDSCAPE RESTORATION ALLIANCE

Wilding pine trees spreading across the upper Waimakariri basin are threatening the unique landscape and native flora & fauna of the area.

The front of this spread has been brought back over 4km by the concerted efforts of many enthusiastic volunteers. An opportunity exists over the next 3 to 5 years for all parties to work together to get on top of the wilding issue.

WELRA has been formed by the Canterbury Community to provide leadership and co-ordination of wilding control work before reseeding over wide areas makes the elimination of wilding pine trees from the Waimakariri Basin unaffordable.

This website was created to keep you up to date on our progress towards eliminating wilding trees from the Waimakariri basin, and to let you know how you can be involved in wilding tree control activities.

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!!Latest News!!

Annual General Meeting 2012 - Chariperson's Report This year has been one of the most successful. Read more ...>>

WELRA Executive Meeting 18 September 2012 And action list Read more ...>>

Widing Tree Control - Flock Hill Station 2011 - 2012 WELRA requested Dean Turner of the Department of Conservation to organise and supervise wilding tree control work at Flock Hill Station utilising several grants WELRA received this year. Read more ...>>

Wilding control on Flock Hill Station - Progress 2012 Travellers familiar with the SH73 route from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass cannot have missed the thickening
spread of wildings on Flock Hill station more ....>>

WELRA Executive Meeting 21 March 2012 - ECAN Office Christchurch Read more ...>>

Annual General Meeting 2011 - Chariperson's Report This year has been a relatively ‘lean’ one for funding and as a result, we were only able to complete a small area of control Read more ....>>

WELRA AGM Minutes 2011 Read the munutes .....>>

WELRA Executive Meeting 23 September 2011 - Lincoln University Read more ...>>

WELRA Funder Acknowledgement Letter September 2011 WELRA acknowledges the many financial and volunteer contributions Read more ... >>

Wilding Tree Control - Flock Hill Station 2010-2011 Read the Report ... >>

WELRA Executive Meeting 13 May 2011 - Lincoln University Read more ...>>

Annual General Meeting 2010 - Chariperson's Report . After the first year of field operations, WELRA contractors have carried out over 1400 hectares of either felling or spraying wilding control operations ...>>

Autumn 2010 has seen one of the most successful rounds of volunteer days to date. This year more than 200 volunteers, organised by Environment Canterbury’s resource care team, carried out wilding conifer control Read More ...>>

Wilding Tree Control Days 2010 Our annual volunteer days are a valuable part of the effort and after around 12 years of these the front of wilding spread has been kept back kilometres closer to the source trees than it would be if volunteers hadn't been doing their bit Read more ...>>

Notification of Annual General Meeting of the Waimakariri Ecological & Landscape Restoration Alliance (WELRA) – to be held at Environment Canterbury, 58 Kilmore Street, Opihi Room, Wednesday 26th August, 10am. Read more ...>>

Flock Hill Wilding Control Reports June-Dec 2008 (PDF 352kb). Read More ...>>

Herbicide Wilding Control Trial
Herbicides are an obvious tool to control dense areas of wildings.  However past spraying has given variable and often disappointing results. Read more ...>>

Ancient Grasshopper Habitat to be protected
The WWF – Habitat Protection Fund has granted WELRA $10,000 towards developing a management plan and undertaking control in the Broad Stream catchment. Read more ...>>

$136,000 for Flock Hill Management Plan wilding control
Success with recent funding applications has seen WELRA receive $136,000 to undertake priority control works outlined in the Flock Hill Management Plan. Read more ...>>

Thank you for three successful wilding tree volunteer days
All three days for this autumn over and everyone still in one piece. We had a total of 171 people over the days (about 20 more than last year) and cleared a lot of trees. Read more ... >>

WELRA workshop March 2008