Albizia Assassins Program
Albizia (Falcataria moluccana) is one of the most notorious invasive trees in Hawai’i. The incredibly fast-growing tree has cost millions of dollars to residents, utilities, and agencies on the Big Island alone, and poses a serious threat to those who live under its weak limbs. BIISC provides training and support to community associations, boards, neighborhood watch groups, and concerned residents that want to address albizia in their neighborhoods. A key component of training is hazard assessment: evaluating whether a tree is safe to control chemically, or should be removed by a licensed arborist. We also provide online, in-person, and hands-on trainings in how to properly use herbicide to effectively treat an albizia tree of any size.
BIISC also provides support materials to use for residents to contacting other property owners, private entities, or government agencies to request evaluation and response to potentially hazardous trees. Each year, we continue to work with our legislators to pursue additional funding and support to mitigate the threats posed by albizia, and to seek paths through which community members can find assistance for removing this menace from their neighborhoods.
Learn how to treat non-hazardous albizia trees on your property
Form an Albizia Assassins Community Team in Your Neighborhood!
Presentation & Program Overview
The first step is to bring together motivated members of your community who want to make a difference. Begin by hosting a BIISC representative at a community association, board, or neighborhood watch meeting to discuss the program and encourage others to sign up.
Once your community has decided to move forward, it is important to establish a liaison or “albizia coordinator” to work with the BIISC team in making arrangements for training workshops as well as providing support for community volunteers.
Volunteer Training Workshop
Your coordinator will work with BIISC to host a BIISC community volunteer training workshop. Outreach for the workshop is key: BIISC can provide some color flyers and will publicize the event on our website and social media, but we find that the best way to generate a good turnout is through neighbor-to-neighbor encouragement.
Because BIISC is working hard for legislative action and grant funding, tracking is a really critical part of our efforts. We ask that volunteers and coordinators work together to track both treated trees and hazard trees and report this work to BIISC. Click here to download a tracking template.
Open Volunteer Days
BIISC also hosts volunteer workdays in various neighborhoods on the Big Island. Follow our social media channels for announcements on these workdays, or sign up for our newsletter below.