‘Species Awareness’ is March 3-9

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Photo courtesy Oahu Army Natural Resources, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Kapua Kawelo (in orange shirt), federal biologist, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, points out the view at Makua Valley overlook during a past volunteer cleanup event.

Photo courtesy Oahu Army Natural Resources, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
Kapua Kawelo (in orange shirt), federal biologist, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, points out the view at Makua Valley overlook during a past volunteer cleanup event.

 

Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Hawaii Invasive Species Council
Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources
Joint News Release

HONOLULU — The State of Hawaii kicks off the second annual Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week (HISAW) with a proclamation ceremony in the Capitol Auditorium, here, March 3.

“Protecting our islands from the threat of invasive species remains a top priority,” said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

“We are experiencing a biological crisis involving a multitude of invaders,” Abercrombie noted. “Each represents a deadly threat to our isolated ecosystem, natural resources and economy, and I ask for the public’s engagement in addressing this menace.”

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC), in partnership with the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, county-based Invasive Species Committees, Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaii Biodiversity Information Network and The Nature Conservancy, is coordinating the following series of public events and activities in recognition of HISAW:

HISAW Kickoff at the Capitol — March 3, 9 a.m.-noon, Capitol Auditorium. Browse information booths presented by the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources and Division of Forestry and Wildlife; the Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Oahu Army Natural Resource Program (part of the Directorate of Public Works); the University of Hawaii; and more.

Be a Beetle Buster & Help Save Hawaii’s Coconut Trees — Kicks off March 3. Participate in HISAW online by joining this special “mission” to survey all coconut trees in Hawaii for the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. For more information and instructions, go to http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/.

Other volunteer opportunities occurring statewide, March 3-9, include removing invasive species at Lyon Arboretum in Manoa and pulling weeds on the offshore islet of Mokuauia and in the Koolau Mountains.

To learn more about the local-level HISAW and to view a full list of volunteer activities, visit http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/hisaw/.

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See next week’s p. B-1 for local coverage by the Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, DPW, USAG-HI.

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