Posted June 5, 2015 by Rachel Smith
Whew! Its been over a year since the last post. Well, a lot has happened. Most people are probably aware we said “goodbye” to long time project manager Keren Gundersen and said “hello” to the new KISC project manager, Bill Lucey. He has been with KISC almost one year now, and already there have been a lot of positive changes. KISC now has four new full-time staff members, bringing our staff total to 11. Two new hard working Field Crew members Nathan Lagundino, and Vincent Vea joined the team, and more recently an Early Detection Botanist, Kelsey Brock, and Outreach Specialist, Rachel Smith (that’s me!). Please be sure to check out all the new KISC staff bio’s on the Who We Are page.
KISC has hit the ground running this year with all our ongoing projects, as well as with the development of some new projects. The crew is making some serious headway with LFA and Long Thorn Kiawe infestations. With both projects, we are nearing the end of the battle with known established populations, and will only need to continue to monitor in the future. As far as new projects, we are excited to develop our mongoose monitoring program, as well as a new survey and mapping program using the latest technology available, and also exponentially increase outreach across the island.
I will continue to keep you informed as our progress unfolds. Stay tuned for more updates, and keep an eye out for more outreach events in the future!