To Battle Invasive Species, UH Researcher Uses a Chopper and a Paintball Gun

To Battle Invasive Species, UH Researcher Uses a Chopper and a Paintball Gun

To Battle Invasive Species, UH Researcher Uses a Chopper and a Paintball Gun

HAWAII NEWS NOW

\ May 3, 2016 /

James Leary takes weeding to a whole new level.

On a routine basis, the University of Hawaii researcher jumps into a helicopter and uses a paintball gun with specially-designed herbicide pellets to destroy invasive plants in remote Maui forests.

"I can treat individual invasive plant species from a range of up to 30 meters or 100 feet," he says.

Leary’s main target is miconia, an invasive weed that chokes out native plants and damages the ecosystem.

Over the last four years, with the help of grant-funding, Leary's logged 400 hours of flight time, treating over 15,000 targets and protecting over 20,000 acres of forested watershed.

Herbicide Label: http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/labels/sln/1201_2017.pdf

Visit: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/31883705/uh-researcher-battles-weeds-with-a-chopper-and-a-paintball-gun to watch the video and read the full article.

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