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On January 29, 2019, the Hawaii Invasive Species Council adopted a resolution supporting the keeping of pet cats indoors and the use of peer-reviewed science in pursuing humane mitigation of the impacts of feral cats on wildlife and people. Background Feral and free roaming cats are documented predators of wildlife. This predation is a particularly problematic issue in ...
Read More Resolution 19-2: Keeping Cats Indoors & Using Peer-Reviewed Science

              On January 29, 2019, the Hawaii Invasive Species Council adopted a resolution supporting the use of best available science in regulation of herbicides and recognizing the utility of glyphosate as a tool for invasive species control. Background Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many herbicide formulations registered in the State ...
Read More Resolution 19-1: Supporting the Use of Science in Herbicide Regulation

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council has released the January 2019 Progress Report for the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan (HIBP). This report is produced using status updates from points of contacts at each of the lead agencies assigned action items in the HIBP. Every six months, these points of contact update the status of each of ...
Read More Jan 2019 Progress Report Released for the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan

Presenter: Elizabeth Speith is the 643pest.org Report Facilitator and has been deeply involved with the creation of both the website and companion mobile app since its origins as an USGS Hawaii Biological Information Node (HBIN) web project called “Report-A-Pest.” Summary: The 643Pest Network is the State of Hawaii’s system for the public to report invasive species sightings. ...
Read More Brown Bag #20: 643pest.org – A New Web-based Tool For Invasive Species Reporting in Hawaii

Presenters: JC Watson, former HISC planner/Koolau Mountains Watershed Partnership (KMWP) manager & Franny Brewer, Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) outreach coordinator Summary: Albizia infests large swaths of our islands. Its rapid growth crowds out native species, its nitrogen fixing abilities change natural ecosystems, and its brittle wood breaks easily, smashing property and destroying lives. Despite being ...
Read More BROWN BAG #19: ALBIZIA – Statewide Strategic Plan & BIISC’s Albizia “Assassins”

  Governor David Y. Ige is the 2018 chair of the Western Governors’ Association and launched the Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative. The initiative has produced a list of top invasive species in the West, started an initiative to standardize and share data among states, and sparked discussion through a series of workshops across western states. ...
Read More Western Governors’ Association Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative Workshop Held in Waikoloa

Presenter: Christy Martin, Executive Producer & Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) Summary: “Saving Ohia – Hawaii’s Sacred Tree is a documentary highlighting the significance of Hawaii’s native tree, ohia, and the current threat of Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) that is impacting thousands of acres of forest on Hawaii Island.This film provides an in-depth look into the ...
Read More Brown Bag #18: Saving Ohia: Hawaii’s Sacred Tree (Rapid Ohia Death Documentary)

Brown Bag #17: Preventing future invasive plant introductions with a State Restricted Plant List Date: October 4, 2018 Presenters: Christy Martin; PIO & Project Manager for the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS); Shahin Ansari; Senior Ecologist for H.T. Harvey and Associates, and Chelsea Arnott; Planner for CGAPS Summary: What if we knew about Miconia’s invasive ...
Read More Brown Bag #17: Preventing future invasive plant introductions with a State Restricted Plant List

Governor David Ige was recently named Chair of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA), a coordinating body for the leaders of 19 western states and 3 Pacific territories. The WGA provides a forum for policy development and information exchange among members. As the new chair, Governor Ige is launching the Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative. The Initiative ...
Read More Governor Ige named Chair of Western Governors’ Association, Launches Biosecurity and Invasive Species Initiative

Brown Bag #16 Title: HDOA Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response – Four Year Status Presenter: Kailee Tam Lefebvre, CRB Outreach Specialist, UH CTAHR/HDOA Date: May 8, 2018 Summary: Recently passing the 4-year anniversary of its detection, the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response continues the fight to eradicate this invasive species. Because of the efforts of the CRB Response and ...
Read More Brown Bag #16: HDOA Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Response – Four Year Status

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