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Pigs, dogs, rats, goats, deer, sheep, cattle, cats, mongoose – all were brought to the Islands of Aloha. In fact, “Hawaiʻi is unique among the 50 states in that all terrestrial mammals, other than our native Hawaiian hoary bat (ʻōpeʻapeʻa), are non-native,” says Melissa Price of the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. In the first-ever effort to monitor the populations of mammals on a national scale, Snapshot USA set up 1,509 motion-activated cameras from 110 sites located across all 50 states, including Hawaiʻi. On Oʻahu, feral pigs, Indian mongoose, feral cats, and hunting dogs were detected on the deployed cameras.
Read the full UH News story.
A new report from the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization concludes that the economic value of Ag production has declined “more than the physical production of agricultural goods, because consumer prices have skyrocketed at a higher rate than wholesale agricultural prices.” According to the researchers, Hawaiʻi has more idle cropland than harvested cropland, which represents an economic opportunity, especially for high-value crops.
Read the full UH News story. Read the full UHERO brief, “The agricultural economic landscape in Hawaiʻi and the potential for future economic viability.
If anyone knows about diversified agricultural operations across the state, itʻs Dole Hawaiʻi. And now this mainstay of local farming has a need for an Agricultural Management Trainee to learn to oversee all phases of Dole Hawaiʻi agricultural operations. This includes field maintenance, land preparation, mulching, planting, harvesting, spray application, irrigation and transportation; and product processing, packing and shipping. The hiree will develop supervisory skills, acquire State of Hawaiʻi pesticide applicator certification, and become familiar with union contracts.
Apply online or email your resume and salary requirements.
Our former fiscal person, Megan Parker, is now on Guam working with environmental education. She gave a presentation today at the Marianas Terrestrial Conservation Conference. You can find a recording of her presentation on the Tano Tasi yan Todu facebook page. I thought it was great to see that she's actually doing natural resources management in her new job. Her presentation starts at the 2 hours 30 minutes mark and finishes at 2 hours 35 minutes mark. She then answers questions for 10 minutes after her presentation.
16 June 2021