Suppression of Non-native Mosquito Populations to Address the Impacts of Avian Malaria on Threatened and Endangered Forest Birds

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The National Park Service (NPS) requesting your input on a proposed project to suppress non-native mosquito populations to address the impacts of avian malaria on threatened and endangered Hawaiian forest birds on Maui.

Native forest birds throughout Hawaiʻi are in decline with several species on the verge of extinction including the kiwikiu and 'ākohekohe that are only found on Maui. One of the primary threats to these birds is avian malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. Immediate or timely management action needs to be taken to prevent the extinction of listed forest birds on East Maui. Mosquito populations and thus avian malaria have recently expanded into higher elevation habitat, which is contributing to these endangered species' rapid decline and inability to recover.

The NPS is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project, in cooperation with the State of Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources. The proposed project area include lands on Maui within Haleakalā National Park, adjacent State lands, and private conservation lands that are managed independently or by The Nature Conservancy.

The NPS and State of Hawaii held two (virtual) public meetings for the public to learn more about the project and submit questions for NPS and State staff. The first meeting was on December 14, 2021 and the second meeting was on January 6, 2022

Video recordings of both webinars can be found in the "Links" section on the left side of this page.

To view or download the public scoping newsletter, please select "Document List" on the left side of this page and then select "Public Scoping Newsletter" and open the file.

To submit a comment on the project, click the "Open For Comment" link on the left side of this page. Then select the "Public Scoping Newsletter" document and then click the "Comment on Document" button and then "Comment Now" to enter and submit your comments. Comments can also be mailed to: Superintendent, Haleakalā National Park, PO Box 369, Makawao, HI 96768.

Comments on the project will be accepted from December 6, 2021 until 9:00 PM HT January 20, 2022.

Thank you for your interest in this project!

Contact Information

Christopher Warren
Forest Bird Program Coordinator
Haleakalā National Park
christopher_warren@nps.gov