Maui Workshop for Conserving Native Animals and Plants
I find this sort of amusing. The concept makes a lot of sense, however, here on Maui there is sooooo much politics that it makes it difficult who to believe.
Recently we had a fire in the Kula Forest Reserve. It burned a very significant portion of the pine, redwood and eucalyptus forests. Note that none of the trees mentioned are native to Hawaii. One of our high schools made a class project of helping with the "reforestation". They planted more pine trees!
In the burn area, we have a lot of thistle and Himalayan blackberries growing. If I went through the area spraying a herbicide to control these non-natives, I would be fined.
I used to really support a group called the Maui Invasive Species Committee. I am one of those who wouldn't mind getting their hands dirty in the actual removal of invasive plants/animals. What I found was that Maui Invasive Committee just wants the public to write to their senators and representives to push for funding for the committee. In my opinion they are using "green" to create jobs for themselves.
I've spent countless hours either on my hands and knees or bent over, messing up my back, looking for blood. One such instance I remember most was a hog hunt a few years ago in Mississippi. I had never shot a hog so when I poked a hole in this guy; I was determined to find him. Wearing snake leggings, I crawled on my hands and knees through the briars and the brambles and bushes where a rabbit wouldn't go. I found a spot of blood here and there but never the pig. And lucky for me, I didn't find...