HISC Strategic Plan 2008-2013

Hawaii is in the midst of an invasive species crisis affecting the islands’ endangered plants and animals, overall environmental and human health, and the viability of its tourism and agriculture based economy.

Invasive pests already cost the State of Hawaii millions of dollars of crop losses, the extinction of native species, the destruction of native forests, and the spread of disease. But many more harmful pests threaten to invade Hawaii, causing further damages. Even one new pest – like the brown tree snake or the red imported fire ant – could change the character of our islands.

The HISC Strategic Plan for 2008-2013 was updated and approved by the Council on July 9, 2008 and provides the framework for a statewide invasive species prevention, control, research and public outreach program. The strategy better reflects the HISC’s legal mandates and takes into account reviews carried out by each of the working groups.

This replaces the previous interim strategic plan.

Species Management Plans

The HISC supports the development of species-specific management plans throughout the state. A stated priority for the HISC in 2013 is producing such plans utilizing HISC staff, facilitating the production of plans via our funded partners, and/or reviewing and endorsing existing management plans. A HISC Planner dedicated to this function will begin work in mid-2013. The suite of management plans reviewed and approved by the HISC will be listed here. The Council has previously supported the development of a coqui frog plan, a draft of which was released in 2007:

Hawaii’s Coqui Frog Management, Research and Education Plan