Pacific Islands

Collaboration in the Pacific Islands

Work to manage invasive species is hardly ever done alone by a park. Here are some helpful organizations that work with Pacific Island parks to combat invasive threats.

Pacific Island Invasive Plant Management Team

The Pacific Islands Invasive Plant Management Team (IPMT) focuses on managing threats to biodiverse Hawaiian ecosystems found nowhere else in the world, collaboratively serving six national parks and several cooperative land management organizations. The IPMT concept has served the Pacific Island cluster effectively for over 17 years, spearheaded by two larger parks: Hawaii Volcanoes (HAVO) and Haleakalā, Kalaupapa-Kaloko Honokōhau, larger parks, and significant cooperators.

  • The Pacific Island Pu’uhonua employs three strategies to achieve results:
    1. Control invasive species early in the infestation, inside and outside parks, to lessen adverse impacts;
    2. Control priority and existing invasive plants in special ecological areas; and
    3. Serve as a technical support entity to parks and cooperators in the Pacific Basin to protect and restore native ecosystems, foster cooperation amongst shareholders, and ensure public safety.

Targeted Plant Species Watchlist for Pacific Islands

Case Study of Invasive Species Projects in the Pacific Islands: Developing Capacity for Management, Science, and Stewardship through Collaboration, Youth, and Volunteers at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

The Pacific Islands IPMT functions in an oversight and coordination role for volunteer projects and community development at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). The HAVO based IPMT was essential for recruiting, training, and organizing volunteer work forces and encouraging visitor education and participation in resources stewardship on public lands. The interdivisional Stewardship at the Summit program, among others, spent over 272 worker days in the field through the efforts of 318 volunteers. Volunteers removed nearly 5,000 invasive shrubs, including kāhili ginger, which is among the world’s most invasive plants and is a top target in Hawaii.

Other notable community events included work with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 70, Road Scholars, and gardnerianum staff joined other Ho’opono programs to host an aquatic monitoring workshop and knowledge exchange with Colombian National Park Service staff, building capacity in countries with a focus on invasive species and forest health projects.

Contacts for Further Information

Jeremy Gooding
Pacific Islands IPMT Liaison
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Last updated: September 13, 2019