(Via Ho’okele News)
Contract workers began tree removal operations on the grounds of Mamala Bay Golf Course at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) this week in efforts to eradicate the coconut rhinoceros beetle. Navy Region Hawaii and JBPHH are teamed up with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and the USDA to trap and eliminate the invasive species. USDA and HDOA select the trees that are damaged or found to be nesting material for the CRB. There are presently between 500 and 600 trees on Mamala Bay Golf Course. While the number of trees being removed is significant, it is necessary to protect the remaining trees from the CRB infestation. JBPHH intends to plant trees to replace those being cut down, but the first priority is to remove the existing threat. There is also a proposed Eagle Scout project to contribute to the replanting effort at JBPHH.
U.S. Navy photos by Lt. j.g. Eric Galassi