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TCBES Natural and Cultural Resource Seminar Series

Location: Wentworth, Room 1

Title: Conservation in the Community

Speaker: Springer Kaye, Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC)

Abstract: Addressing the threat of new invasive species to the island of Hawai‘i requires a deep dive into community engagement, and a broad understanding of policy, trade and the ways limited government funding is allocated. For staff of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee, conservation work takes place along highways, at the state capitol, on ranches, in community rec halls, and the carports and backyards of community members island-wide. Sometimes, even in native forest! To accomplish our mission to protect Hawai‘i Island's environment, economy and way of life from invasive species, we rely 100% on grants, drive heavy vehicles with poor gas mileage, use pesticides and enthusiastically kill trees, use drones, helicopters, and words like "fighter" and "assassin." And yet BIISC has grown into a stable, high-performing program with strong community support! This talk will explore the unique role of the Invasive Species Committees of Hawai‘i in preserving biodiversity, the economy, and way of life here on Hawai‘i Island, and the way our core values drive the work we do, and decisions we all make in conservation.

For more information, contact: uhhtcbes@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7573

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