Sunday, September 25, 2011

October NRS Speakers' Series: From Agriculture to Fish and Wildlife, Still Protecting Hawaii

On Tuesday, October 4, 2011, the Natural Resources Section (NRS) will hold its monthly brown bag lunch meeting from 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the HSBA conference room.

NRS will host Domingo Cravalho, Jr, an Invasive Species Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)-Ecological Services, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Mr. Cravalho’s presentation is entitled, “From Agriculture to Fish and Wildlife, Still Protecting Hawaii.”

As an Invasive Species Biologist with the USFWS, Mr. Cravalho’s roles and responsibilities include a focus on brown treesnake issues as well as other invasive species efforts including biosecurity and quarantine in the State of Hawaii, the U.S. Territories of Guam and American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, with future expanded roles throughout other areas in the Pacific region.  He previously worked for the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture and retired as the Inspection and Compliance Section Chief with the Plant Quarantine Branch in November 2010.  With over 30 years with the State, his former duties included lead inspector in the enforcement of violations into plant and non-domestic animal quarantine laws, assisted with the development and implementation of the Hawaii Biosecurity Program, ensured that proper assessment protocols were followed for the entry of restricted plants, animals and microorganisms, developed program policies and procedures for implementation, drafted proposed quarantine regulations for rulemaking, and worked with the horticultural and agricultural industries in Hawaii to maintain quarantine protection.  He was born and raised in Hawaii and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Non-NRS members welcome on a space available basis.