This page last revised 23 August 2006 -- S.M.Gon III
TNC Action Sites
Maps & Figures
Removal of incipient weeds is conducted by invasive species committees on all islands.
Significant increases in state funding for natural area management will build needed capacity.
We have a tool to assess the risk for potential alien plant introductions to become weeds.
Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) Miconia control field team
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Strategy 3. Prevention of Alien Species
Establish a system to effectively prevent new introductions of invasive alien species, deal with incipient introductions, and contain/control established pests. Build additional capacity in all above areas.
Major achievements to date:
» In 2003, the State Legislature formed a cabinet-level Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council (modeled after National Invasive Species Council);
» State funding secured for HISC prevention, early detection/rapid response, control, research, and outreach programs: FY05 $4M; FY06 $4M; FY07 $2M;
» Five island invasive species committees (ISC) were established, covering early detection, rapid response, and control on all main islands outside boundaries of watershed partnerships;
» Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture received additional $2.9M and authority to hire 56 new staff positions in FY07 to implement a biosecurity strategy to prevent invasive species introductions through Hawai‘i ports of entry;
» Hawai‘i Weed Risk Assessment protocol moved from research to demonstration phase to assess invasive potential of new plant introductions;
» A pilot demonstration of model Codes of Conduct for minimizing noxious weed introductions was initiated with selected nursery and landscape industry leaders;
» Congressional legislation was introduced to provide Hawai‘i exemption from federal agriculture quarantine preemption on movement of potential pests.
» Secure dedicated funding for HISC, e.g., user fee authority for State agriculture inspections to generate revenue to enhance quarantine programs;
» Increase acceptance and use of the Hawai‘i Weed Risk Assessment and Codes of Conduct among landscape and nursery industry and general public;
» Secure Congressional passage of Hawai‘i exemption from federal preemption on quarantine laws.
Conservation Action Planning (CAP), to identify the most important conservation goals and urgent actions for each specific conservation area:. The common actions include:
purchase or conservation easement
membership in a management partnership
Managing conservation areas
protective fencing of priority areas
feral ungulate control
priority weed control
predator control (e.g., rats, feral cats)
other threat control (e.g., wildfire)
staffing for specific goals
growth toward needed level
building partner capacity
landowners within conservation area
agencies with conservation mandates
joint conservation planning
Building conservation support
field visits to conservation areas
preparation of advocacy media
Measure conservation progress
establish monitoring system
assess results against CAP
Conservation strategies and actions for each conservation area are described in the Appendices.