Keeping Paradise Safe for the Natives

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Science  17 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5435, pp. 1837
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5435.1837

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KULANI, HAWAII-- Islands are particularly vulnerable to biological invaders, and Hawaii has suffered wave upon wave since the arrival of the first Polynesian settlers some 2000 years ago, resulting in numerous extinctions. But instead of trying to eliminate established exotic species--a nearly impossible task--Hawaii is creating well-defended reserves where native species can find refuge. Hawaiian scientists have also lobbied to close the border to potential invasive species, but they have been opposed by horticultural interests.