by Jolene Toves
Guam - The process to remove over 50 coconut trees at the War in the Pacific National Historic Park in Asan began on Thursday, however, only half of them are being cut down.
The reason according to rhinoceros eradication team leader from the University of Guam Roland Quitigua is because half of them were discovered to be infested not only by the rhino beetles but another invasive species: the little fire ant.
Quitugua says because of the risk of spreading the fire ant an assessment was conducted of the entire area. The assessment determined that the main park area was clear of the fire ant. The 25 infected trees however may have to be burned to prevent the fire ants from spreading. He says the National Park Service will now have to get the proper permits before they can proceed with doing that.