A pair of Nene - photo credit is B.Zaun/USFWS
Blue-grey noddy. Photo credit: A.Bell/USFWS
Nonnative animals and diseases have had a devastating effect on plants and animals on the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands. To help restore ecological balance to our islands, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and State of Hawai'i are proposing a programmatic assessment that will utilize an Integrated Pest Management approach to managing threats from nonnative mongoose, rats, and mice.
The Service is seeking public comments as part of the development of a Programmatic Draft Environmental Impact Statement (PDEIS) on control or eradication of invasive rodents and mongooses in native ecosystems in Hawaii. The public comment period will close on April 7, 2016.
The PDEIS will evaluate methods to protect native wildlife and plants. The proposal seeks to:
- Increase the effectiveness of rodent and mongoose management in the main Hawaiian Islands and make more efficient use of limited financial resources;
- Develop techniques for an integrated pest management approach to eradicate rodents from uninhabited islands within the main Hawaiian Islands and from other U.S. Pacific Islands within the National Wildlife Refuge System; and
- Avoid adverse impacts to human health, safety and the environment.
A series of public meetings will be held throughout the Hawaiian Islands to share information and take comment on the proposal. Click here for more information.
Comments regarding the proposed action and the proposed PDEIS may be sent by one of the following methods:
- Electronically: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2015–0026.
- U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R1–ES–2015–0026; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike; Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.
The Service will publish all comments at http://www.regulations.gov.
More information is available at http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/. For further information contact: Mary Abrams, Field Supervisor, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 3-122, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96850; telephone (808) 792-9400 or fax (808) 792-9581.
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