Hawaii Threat Essay

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Hawaii’s Biggest Threat towards Biodiversity and Beauty

Native plants are on the brink of extinction because of the introduction of invasive plants throughout the Hawaiian Islands. For the last two years of high school, I was interested with the topic on invasive species because I participated in programs that helped eradicate them. I learned the basics on how invasive species were detrimental to Hawaii and I wanted to educate myself more about these invaders. Hawaii is the most isolated group of islands on earth. Therefore, Hawaii was once a blank slate with no seeds in the soil and no animals walking across the land. The first alien species were brought by the Polynesians in 300 A.D. which were kalo, coconut, kukui, and dog (Martin 13).
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Invasive weeds are of great concern to any rancher or farmer. They can reduce crop yields and many are toxic to livestock. In pastures, invasive weeds can produce monocultures, meaning that only one plant species will be growing in the whole area (Center for Invasive Species par 1). This limits the variety of plants in the diets of livestock. Livestock will adapt to not eat the invasive plants and instead feed upon the native plants in the area. This reduces competition for the invasive plants allowing them to grow and spread. Invasive plants crowd out crop plants, as well as consuming fertilizer and water intended for crops. Controlling invasive weeds in fencerows and ditches adjacent to fields and rangelands reduces the chances of these areas becoming …show more content…
Malama Learning Center is a non-profit organization which focuses on the improvement of native plants. They also support green living by doing activities such as making t-shirt bags to reduce the use of plastic bags and using all organic products. Malama Learning Center sponsors a program called Hawaii Green Collar Institute that teaches high school students different aspects of Hawaii like watersheds, native plants, and native ecosystems. In one year of the program, students were taken up Mokuleia Trail in Oahu and their job was to control the growth of strawberry guava, which is an invasive plant on most of the mountains, by chopping down and applying herbicide at the bottom of the tree. Other organizations such as the Hawaii Invasive Species Council issue resolutions, provide plans, and strategically disburse funds to improve the prevention, control and research of invasive species. People may report invasive species to them by their phone number 643-PEST or reporting online at

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