PUKALANI - The chairmen of the departments of Land and Natural Resources and Agriculture and Mayor Alan Arakawa will be attending the first ever Neighbor Island meeting of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council today, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
William Aila Jr. of the DLNR and Russell Kokubun of the Agriculture Department, County Council Member Mike White and Carl Evensen, associate dean of the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources, will be among those attending the meeting in the Pool Room of the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center.
The agenda includes a discussion of axis deer on Maui and presentations on the Hawaii-Pacific Weed Risk Assessment program, the work of the Maui Invasive Species Committee and watershed partnerships.
HISC was established in 2003 to provide policy-level direction, coordination and planning among state departments, federal agencies, and international and local initiatives for the control and eradication of harmful invasive species in the state and for preventing the introduction of other invasive species that may be potentially harmful.
The council is co-chaired by Aila and Kokubun. They work in conjunction with the University of Hawaii and state departments of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Health and Transportation.
Council members include representatives from the state Legislature and federal and county agencies.