What are Invasive Species?
Invasive species threaten our environment, economy, agriculture, human health, and/or quality of life. Invasive species are not native to Hawaii, they were introduced either intentionally or accidentally by humans. Invasive species generally reproduce quickly and are able to spread from their initial intended area.
Hundreds of potentially invasive species are brought into Hawaii, both accidentally and intentionally. With so many new introductions there are always a few that make it past inspections. It’s BIISC’s goal to eradicate these new invaders before they have a chance to become established.
Here are lists of species that our teams are currently working on. Some of these plants are already here and are in the process of being either eradicated or controlled, others haven’t been seen yet but are on our watch list.
A team of botanists uses the Hawaii Weed Risk Assessment and other criteria to determine BIISC’s target species.
We concentrate our efforts on species that pose the highest threat to the Big Islands ecosystem and quality of life. These invasive plants have the greatest feasibility of eradication due to their limited distribution. Therefore, the following invasive plants are priority species actively controlled by BIISC. If you see any of these species please contact us!