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Invasive Species Worsen Damage From Hawaii's Storms

Environment  (tags: fauna, invasive species, ecosystems, destruction, environment, weather )

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Damage from Hurricane Iselle, which recently battered Hawaii's Big Island, was exacerbated by invasion of non-native tree species

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Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:50 am
Noted/interesting article/thanks Cal

Angelika Kempter (101)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:33 am
Thankyou Cal

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:36 am
Interest, especially when considering that the Hawaiian Ironwood is a common tree initially planted for windbreaks and in depleted soils or sandy areas requiring a salt-tolerant tree.

Leopold Marek (22)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:54 am

Gloria picchetti (305)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:22 pm
we should have learned to prevent these things before it was too late.

Kenneth Davies (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:30 pm

Stardust Noel (45)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 12:43 pm
Thank you .

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 3:51 pm
Noted. Replace the invasive species with native trees before they spread more.

Colleen L. (2)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 4:46 pm
Interesting articles. The weather has been crazy everywhere. I pray that it doesn't get any worst. Thanks Cal

Carol P. (46)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:21 pm
Hmmm. I wonder if the storms can actually help the native species regain their foothold, even if they need a little help from mankind to do so.

Sheila S. (63)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 5:53 pm
"At least 95 percent of the trees that came down and caused damage were non-native trees and the vast majority (90 percent) of those trees were Albizia (Falcataria moluccana)," Hughes told "If native forests had not been replaced by Albizia and other non-native trees, the overall damage from Iselle would have been very minor. Nearly all the damage (including ongoing widespread power outages) was due to falling 35 to 40 meter tall albizia trees."


Bonnie Lynn M. (1)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 7:37 pm
What a mess. I hope they can clean up and get their native trees planted soon. Thank you

Jeremy S. (3)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 8:56 pm
Although people are important, trees re just as difficult to replace (if not more so).

Margaret Goodman (241)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 9:55 pm
It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:24 pm
How devastating

MmAWAY M. (483)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 11:26 pm
Sadly noted Cal! Shake my head and Sigh! Nope it was a Deep Breath!

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 1:38 am
Once an invasive species is established it becomes impossible to eradicate it.

Hent catalina - maria (100)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 3:11 am
Sadly noted!

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (43)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 4:26 am
Noted. Thanks Cal.

Jaime Alves (47)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 5:59 am
Noted, thanks.

Graziella Veri (0)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 7:37 am

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 8:56 am
Noted - thanks for posting

Katherine May Williams (0)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 3:45 pm

Debra G. (0)
Sunday August 24, 2014, 11:56 pm
Are there plans to plant native trees where the invasive species fell?

Frances Darcy (231)
Monday August 25, 2014, 1:41 am

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 11:30 pm
Hawaii restore your native trees.
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