The majority of the work being done on Kure is focused on this project.
Verbesina encelioides is the State of Hawaiʻi’s top management priority for Kure Atoll Conservancy. It is a monotypic (single species) stand of tall, nearly impenetrable vegetation and, for 55 years, has directly displaced ten seabird species.
- Kaʻupu, Black-footed Albatross, Phoebastria nigripes
- Mōlī, Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis
- Christmas Shearwater, Puffinus nativitatis
- Tristram’s Storm-petrel, Oceanodroma tristrami
- Short-tailed Albatross, Phoebastria albatrus
- ʻĀ, Masked Booby, Sula dactylatra
- ʻĀ, Brown Booby, Sula leucogaster
- ʻUaʻu Kani, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Puffinus pacificus
- Bonin Petrel, Pteredroma hypoleuca
- Bulwer’s Petrel, Bulweria bulwerii
The use of low concentration herbicides and hand-pulling are the best methods to keep up with the timing required to eradicate this plant.