The Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council, Inc. represents the individual island Cattlemen’s Associations throughout Hawaii. The Council actively promotes positions in favor of improving grazing land health, animal health and husbandry, production capacity and marketing growth, and many other issues faced by grazing land users in the State.
They have developed a position paper, referred to as a White Paper, on the topic of the fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) biocontrol using an arctiid moth, (Secusio extensa). Producer, industry, and legislative support recognizing this moth as a viable control tool is necessary to hasten the release of the moth in Hawaii.
Click here to read the draft Environmental Impact Statement developed in 2008 evaluating potential impacts of the moth release.