by Jolene Toves
Guam - The National Park Service's efforts to mitigate the little red fire ant and the coconut rhinoceros beetle that are infesting coconut trees at the War in the Pacific Historical National Park in Asan has been put on hold again. According to park ranger Ben Hayes their concern at this time is the little fire ant but their plan to cut and burn infested trees in place is now out of the question as a fire watch has been initiated for the island and the GFD is not issuing any burning permits. With burning out of the question they are also exploring the option to use pesticides but are awaiting approval from EPA. Meanwhile both invasive species are being monitored as the completion of the removal of CRB infested trees may take several months.