Eradication Project

The majority of the work being done on Kure is focused on this project.

Verbesina encelioides has plagued the terrestrial habitat at Kure Atoll for 55 years. The State of Hawaiiʻs top management priority for the Kure Atoll Wildlife Sanctuary is to eradicate Verbesina and replace it with native plants. The spread of Verbesina on Kure has directly displaced nesting space for ten seabird species by creating a hot environment with monotypic (single species) stands of tall, nearly impenetrable vegetation.

The use of low concentration herbicides and hand-pulling are the best methods to keep up with the timing required to eradicate this plant.