Conservation benefit: Eradication of dense stands of destructive invasive trees adjacent to the National Park of American Samoa
A major eradication effort is underway to eliminate a highly invasive tree species, Falcataria moluccana, from American Samoa. About 35 percent of the forested land of Tutuila (the main island of American Samoa) has been invaded by these trees, but ongoing efforts led by National Park Service staff have killed every large seed tree across more than 1,000 acres of the infested areas.
With support from Seacology in January 2006 and January 2007, more than 1,700 large Falcataria seed trees have been killed, and over 500 acres of native rainforest have been reclaimed in Fagasa Village and the National Park. This project would kill another 1,000 trees, reclaiming an additional 120 acres of forest.Full or partial funding for this project provided by
- December 2009
- As of December 2009 project contact and NPSA staff Tavita Togia reports that the Pago Pago village crew has removed more than 1,700 mature tamaligi trees saving about 150 acres of native Samoan...
- January 2009
- The project began in September 2008. Seacology received photos of workers girdling trees in November 2008. The project is anticipated to be complete by early 2009.