The fungus, Ceratocystis, has impacted over 50,000 acres of ʻŌhiʻa forest on Hawaiʻi Island so far. Here’s how you can learn more about it:
- If you’d like to spend an excellent 35 minutes to learn what Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) is, how it’s being detected and about the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) Strategic Response Plan, watch extension forester Dr. J.B. Friday, discuss this subject with the Hawaiʻi County Council Committee on Agriculture on February 12, 2017 and presented by Big Island Video News.
- Visit CTAHR’s’ page dedicated to Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death to find out where it is, what you can do about it and helpful links, including their Facebook page.
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The Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project (KFBRP) promotes knowledge, appreciation and conservation of Kauai’s native forest birds. The organization focuses mainly on three federally endangered species: Puaiohi, ‘Akikiki, and ‘Akeke‘e.
To find out more about this collaborative organization visit their site .
If you’re looking for exquisite forest-bird-inspired fashion which keeps you cool, displays beautiful art work by artist, Eleanor Grosch, AND helps keep Kauai’s forest song going visit here.
Weekend Musings–“In the Land of Giants” NY Times Article by Jon Mooallem Gives and Finds Sequoia Perspective
In our weekend musings about what’s tracking with forests in other places, Author, Jon Mooallem, gets some human perspective from giant sequoias on a wintry visit to California’s Sequoia National Park in a New York Times article, In the Land of the Giants. Mooallem provides history on the park’s establishment which includes back story on the Kaweah Colony, a collective of fifty three individuals who, in 1885, filed, according to Mooallem, for “8,000 adjoining acres centered in the Giant Forest.” Great article for historic facts and Mooallem’s perspectives on these giants’ timelines, the public’s reaction to them and his own visit to the park.
Hawaii 24/7 has just posted a media release “The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, is now accepting applications for vacant seats on the Laupāhoehoe Advisory Council (LAC) and the Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a Advisory Council (PAC) on Hawai‘i island.”
Hawaii Forest Industry Association Plants Douglas fir Christmas Trees March 3 and Invites You to Volunteer
HFIA’s ‘Aina Mauna Christmas Tree Planting of Douglas fir trees on the slopes of Mauna Kea will take place on March 3 on the slopes of Mauna Kea from 8 :00 am-12:30 pm and you’re invited to volunteer to help. Horticulturist Aileen Yeh of the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center will lead the efforts. Space is limited and sign up is suggested. See the Hawaii Tribune Herald article for more information.
If you want to see how Douglas fir seeds, sent from Vancouver Island and Washington, grow into trees to plant, see Aileen Yeh’s pdf presentation on the HFIA website.