Media Advisory: Environmental Law Program at UH Manoa to host invasive species/biosecurity forum

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Contact:
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Diane Chang, (808) 722-3197
UH Communications
Posted: Mar 18, 2019


Members of the public are invited to learn how to test their yards for invasive tiny fire ants, and what the state is doing to control mosquitoes and other invasive species, at a free forum, "Invasive Species and Biosecurity in Hawaiʻi," Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in classroom 2 of the William S. Richardson School of Law on the UH Mānoa campus.

The law school’s Environmental Law Program (ELP) will host the gathering of state departments and other agencies that have joined to share the latest information on biosecurity as well as the most recent efforts to control invasive species.

Said ELP Director David M. Forman, "This is the second in a series of ongoing collaborations with the Office of Environmental Quality Control/Environmental Council and other agencies addressing topics of critical importance to our broader community–including those who are passionate about our environment, alongside concerns about the potential economic impacts of failing to take necessary action.”   

One morning session focuses on how individuals may get involved in protecting the state from ecological and environmental threats, as well as a discussion on the Hawai’i Interagency Biosecurity Plan, 2017-2027.

Additional sessions will include the latest information on progress being made by state agencies to modernize the import, inspection and quarantine process, as well as efforts to improve mosquito detection and potentially develop landscape-scale mosquito control techniques.

The forum is being held under the auspices of the State Environmental Council. In addition to the UH law school and ELP, participating agencies include the Hawai‘i departments of land and natural resources and agriculture; Hawai‘i Invasive Species Council; Ko‘olau Mountains Watershed Partnership; Hawai‘i Ant Lab and ‘Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee.

The law school is located at 2515 Dole Street. Parking is available at the lower campus parking structure for $6.

For more information, send an email to ELP@hawaii.edu.