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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Sunday, January 23, 2005

Council gives $107,000 to fight invasive species

Advertiser Staff

The Hawai'i Invasive Species Council has awarded more than $107,000 to 13 groups across the state to help educate the public on how to combat invasive species.

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"Invasive species pose a unique threat to the delicate ecosystem of Hawai'i," said Peter Young, chairman of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Projects include:

• $6,630 for UH to increase monitoring of intertidal regions.

• $10,000 for the Health Department to develop a "Fight the Bite" West Nile Virus Prevention campaign.

• $9,950 for Hawai'i Land Restoration Institute's Palolo Invasive Species Swat Team.

• $3,610 to Landscape Industry Council of Hawai'i for a Green Industry Conference.

• $10,000 for Leeward Community College to produce four panel discussion programs.

• $9,800 to Moanalua Gardens Foundation's education project.

• $5,300 for North Kohala Community Resource Center & Kohala Coqui Coalition to eradicate all infestations of coqui frogs in North Kohala by mid-2005.

• $9,735 to Outside Hawai'i/Cal Hirai in partnership with Malama Hawai'i to produce invasive species vignettes for weekly magazine show.

• $10,000 for UH project to stop the spread of coqui on O'ahu and Kaua'i by using public service announcements that include the coqui vocalization and instructions to call the state's Pest Hotline number.

• $10,000 for UH program to educate the community about the connection between East Maui's watershed and the island's source of fresh water and how invasive species threaten the health of the forested watershed.

• $5,000 to DLNR to produce booklets on aquatic invasive species.

• $7,885 for Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Council to teach intermediate and high-school students about the threats posed by fire ants.

• $10,000 to UH program to develop curricular materials, including field-based lessons and activities.