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$1 million to fight wilding pines

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/11/2016

Wilding pines now cover more than 1.8 million hectares of South Island high country and they're advancing at the rate of five per cent a year, the government says.

It's putting $1 million into controlling them in the Molesworth area of Marlborough and the Amuri block in North Canterbury.

"One or two trees can turn into a dense forest within 15 to 20 years if they aren't removed before they produce seeds," Conservation Minister Maggie Barry said.

"We recognise the threat they pose not only to our nature but also to the primary sector economy."

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