The Maui Invasive Species Committee control target pests selected by our committee regardless of where they are found–on public or private land. We work with landowners and managers to access these target species and survey after removal to ensure they do not return, resprout, or germinate.
This species-led approach to managing invasive species means we work throughout Maui County, controlling target pests regardless of where they are found. We work on land under federal, state, or county management, and privately-owned land at no cost to the land-owner. The map above shows areas where invasive pests have been removed by MISC.
We have crews working throughout Maui County, at all hours of the day and night. On any given day, there may be a crew flown into a remote East Maui field camp to control pampas grass for the week, while another prepares for a night of pursuing coqui frogs in an urban setting. One crew is dedicated to controlling miconia and work out of Hana, covering the area from Keanae to Kipahulu. The other crews are based out of Makawao and work throughout the islands of Maui County, periodically assisting Hana crew or the Molokai/Maui Invasive Species Committee a boost.
The Maui Invasive Species Committee controls invasive species that are still relatively early in the invasion process. The graph above illustrates a typical invasion process with the population (y-axis) increasing over time (x-axis). Our work is done while species are still in the control and/or eradication phase. To learn more about our target species, including distribution and management information, visit the Target Pest section of the website.
The Maui Invasive Species Committee works to control the high-threat invasive species that are feasible to eradicate or contain based on their distribution and resources available. Our Committee determines the target pests we work to control.