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Researchers and land managers rely on input from the public to better learn how invasive species like Rapid Ohia Death are affecting them.  This Community Input Forum at the community forum on Rapid Ohia Death held at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona on March 30, 2019, provided a chance for the experts to talk directly to citizens and get their feedback on the latest research and management tools being used to combat ROD.

(Makawao, Maui) - Seabirds have helped traditional navigators find land and fish for centuries. Now young seabirds need us to give them back the dark night skies, so they may find their way out to sea. The Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project, Maui branch of the DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife and The Friends of Haleakala is hosting a two-night program, “’Ua’u Nights”, April 26th and April 27th, open to everyone.

Today, people who participated in the community forum on Rapid Ohia Death held at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona on March 30, 2019, break into small groups to ask questions and get answers from the experts.  The discussion was focused on the five things people can do to help prevent the spread of this fungal disease.

(Honolulu)-The State of Hawai'i today took a significant step towards launching its first-ever forest carbon sequestration program by selecting a standard to ensure a reliable and transparent process and to guarantee the environmental integrity of the credits resulting from it. The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) awarded the contracts to Verra, one of 4 standard-setting firms that submitted proposals.

In our continuing series of video presentations on Invasive Species and Biosecurity, Bill Buckley of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee details the latest management tools and actions being used to fight the fungal disease, Rapid Ohia Death. This presentation is from a community forum on Rapid Ohia Death held at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona on March 30, 2019.

(Honolulu) – A helicopter under contract to the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) crashed this morning in a gully in Sacred Falls State Park on O‘ahu. One passenger has a bruised arm but otherwise the pilot and the other two passengers were not hurt. All of them hiked out of the area to meet emergency responders. 

In this video Dr. Lisa Keith, a USDA researcher presents findings from Dr. Marc Hughes of the University of Hawaii on the latest scientific information on how to treat wood and trees that have Rapid Ohia Death to keep the fungal disease in check and from spreading to other wood or trees in the forest. This presentation is from a community forum on Rapid Ohia Death held at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona on March 30, 2019.

(Līhuʻe) - Barring bad weather or unforeseen delays in repairs or new management implementation, Hā'ena State Park and the Kalalau Trail in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park will reopen to visitors in early-to-mid June. The official reopening date will be announced in May. 

In the first part of our video presentations on Rapid Ohia Death, Dr. Lisa Keith of the USDA Agricultural Research Service and one of the primary scientists working on ROD, presents the latest scientific findings including details on the two different strains of the fungal disease that are killing trees on at least two islands. This presentation is from a community forum on Rapid Ohia Death held at the West Hawaii Civic Center in Kona on March 30, 2019.

In our final video from the Invasive Species & Biosecurity in Hawai’i: New Tools and Opportunities for Public Participation, held at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i on March 23, 2019, John-Carl Watson of the Ko‘olau Mountains Watershed Partnership details all the efforts happening around the state to control and combat the invasive Albizia tree.

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