Posted January 11, 2017 by Rachel Smith
Ah, the New Year. Starting fresh. KISC has a lot on our horizon this year. For those of you who receive our Guardian of the Garden Isle emails, you know that we recently finalized our new five-year strategic action plan, which will be available on our website in February. Our new strategic plan was developed by KISC with the help of partners and the community. Strategic decisions were made based on funding, staff, capacity, as well as early detection and invasive species management science.
KISC also recently said goodbye to long time KISC committee member Allan Rietow, and welcomed our new committee Chair-Elect, Kathryn Fiedler. Kathryn (Kate) is a Junior Extension Agent with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and works closely with the agriculture industry. Kate received a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Plant Pathology and Food Microbiology. On Kauai she is working on projects related to agriculture pests, such as plant disease and pathogens, Rose-Ringed Parakeets, and the risk of feral chickens to human health.
We are excited for the opportunity to work more closely with Kathryn, but also sad to say goodbye to Allan. Allan has been a long time advocate of KISC, and always a pleasure to work with. We could not do what we do on Kauai without the continued support from our committee members, the community, and all our partner organizations.
Speaking of partners, feel free to check out our partner page to see all the different organizations and individuals we have worked with over the years. As we begin a new year once again, we are reminded of all the community collaboration and partner organizations that have helped us come this far. Collaboration in Kauai conservation is key to successful protection of the island’s unique, threatened, and diverse ecosystem. So thank you partners, for all you do in Hawaii conservation, but also for the help you’ve lent along the way! KISC looks forward to continuing to build our relationships with our partners to sustain and protect Kauai for future generations
On a personal note, this is my last blog entry, as I will be leaving KISC on January 13th. I want to say another thank you to all the great colleagues I have worked with in conservation over the passed 5 years. It has been a great experience working for KISC and a pleasure to work with all our partner individuals and organizations.