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Coconut Trees to be Removed at Asan Beach

March 18, 2014
First discovered on Guam in 2007, the invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle has devastated coconut trees across the island and proven very challenging to eradicate.  Efforts have been undertaken to control this pest and include trapping adults and removing breeding sites of the young larvae. Pesticides, viruses, and fungus to kill the beetles have shown variable success.
 
Now, War in the Pacific National Historical Park has chosen to remove between 65 and 100 coconut trees at Asan Beach to help mitigate the ongoing infestation on Guam, improve the survival rate of healthy trees, and most importantly, ensure public safety in a high use area of the park. Removal operations will begin Thursday, March 20 and continue through Friday, March 21.  Although the park will remain open, small areas marked with caution tape will temporarily close for visitor safety as trees are removed. Efforts are supported by the Coconut Rhinoceros Eradication Team at the University of Guam.
  
To learn more about the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle, visit http://guaminsects.net/anr/category/miscellaneous/coconut-rhinoceros-beetle.  To report beetle infestations, please call 671-475-PEST.  
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