Midway Atoll - Ironwood Removal for Dune Restoration and Sea Level Rise Resiliency

Metadata Updated: January 29, 2020

The proposed project consists of removal of invasive, non-native ironwood trees (Casuarina equisetifolia) from approximately 40 acres of high priority coastal strand habitat along the western shore of Sand Island, Midway Atoll. Native to Southeast Asia, the southern Pacific Islands, and Australia, at Midway, ironwood is a highly invasive tree species that forms dense, monotypic stands. It has demonstrated its ability to outcompete desired native plants by altering soil chemistry and limiting light. With very shallow roots, these trees also have a high propensity of blowdown and branch breakage even in moderate winds, which poses a significant hazard to wildlife, humans, and infrastructure. This also makes ironwood a dune destabilizer, causing moderate to severe coastal erosion in invaded areas. A coastal strand habitat with native species richness free of invasive species competition is superior at supporting dune accretion than monotypic ironwood habitats and is critical for long-term habitat viability in the face of sea level rise. Ironwoods preclude seabird nesting, pose flight hazards to seabirds, and are barriers to fledgling albatrosses attempting to reach the shoreline.

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Metadata Created Date January 29, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 29, 2020

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Metadata Created Date January 29, 2020
Metadata Updated Date January 29, 2020
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Brent Frakes
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Data First Published 2015-01-01
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