2023 SAG Award Winners

State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife

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Project Goal

This volunteer project was designed to enable volunteers to map and remove the invasive mule foot fern, Angiopteris evecta. Volunteers work independently and focus on high priority conservation areas that the Division of Forestry and Wildlife staff do not actively manage. This species has a high probability to negatively modify habitats and suppress native species regeneration. Volunteers report their efforts to land mangers by taking GIS data and participating in monthly reporting ultimately increasing the effort to manage this species.
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Business Problem Solved

Our staff cannot effectively manage all priority landscapes across the island. Utilizing trained volunteers lets us put more “boots on the ground” to increase the impact of our management efforts of non-native species.

Technology Implemented

HUB, Survey 123, Story Maps, Field Map, Arc GIS Online.

Development Team Biography

This was a collaborative effort across many sections of the Division of Forestry and Wildlife. Special thanks to the GIS specialist, Native Ecosystem Protection and Management Staff, Forestry, and branch managers. Most importantly, a big mahalo to our dedicated volunteers, without them this effort would not be possible.