Feral pigs, wild hogs, razorbacks, old world swine, wild boar… feral swine go by many names but they are all the same species as domesticated pigs found on farms: Sus scrofa. Feral swine are dangerous, destructive and invasive and they are a growing problem. The damage they do to agricultural crops reduces productivity, and the disturbance they cause in natural ecosystems reduces resilience to the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events.
The Melai Mai initiative is an innovative partnership between communities, traditional leaders, local governments, research extensions, and the U.S. Forest Service to promote agroforestry, local food production, sustainability, and food security for local island communities in the Western Pacific. The project began after Super Typhoon Maysak directly hit the Islands of the Federated States of Micronesia in 2015. Winds reached an unthinkable 160 mph and 90% of food crops and trees were destroyed.
Wildfires caused by humans, climatic shifts, and increases in fire-prone vegetation are a growing issue within the U.S. affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). Island wildfires might burn a smaller area than the fires we see in the mainland U.S. but relatively speaking, they burn a much greater percentage of the available land. In response to the wildfire problem in the USAPI, the US Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (IPIF) has prioritized three strategies: (i) Wildfire monitoring and mapping, (ii) education and awareness, and (iii) implementing ecosystem restoration and wildfire prevention measures.

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