Invasive Tree & Plant Eradication Program

General Information

The eradication program aims for a long-term resilient and diverse ecosystem. 5 out of the 45 plants on Kure are considered invasive; either because they have invaded large areas or appear to be adversely affecting the ecosystem.

The most damaging are V. encelioides and Cenchrus echinatus, both of which have caused drastic habitat changes on the island by forming monospecific stands and shading out or otherwise replacing native vegetation communities.

The ultimate target is complete eradication of Verbesina encelioides from Kure Atoll.

Seabirds most directly displaced by monotypic stands of Verbesina