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Rapid ohia death spreads on Oahu

  • COURTESY US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
                                In this undated photo, an Ohi’a Lehua blossom is seen in the Hakalau Forest Reserve.

    COURTESY US FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

    In this undated photo, an Ohi’a Lehua blossom is seen in the Hakalau Forest Reserve.

  • COURTESY KAUAI INVASIVE SPECIES COMMITTEE 
                                Beginning in 2016 a coalition of public and private organizations has been conducting regular helicopter and ground surveys on Oahu to look for rapid ohia death. Above, the state Department of Forestry and Wildlife conducted digital surveys of possible trees infected by rapid ohia death over Kauai in 2018.

    COURTESY KAUAI INVASIVE SPECIES COMMITTEE

    Beginning in 2016 a coalition of public and private organizations has been conducting regular helicopter and ground surveys on Oahu to look for rapid ohia death. Above, the state Department of Forestry and Wildlife conducted digital surveys of possible trees infected by rapid ohia death over Kauai in 2018.

An aerial survey of some 20,000 acres of Oahu forest has yielded the island’s fourth detection of rapid ohia death, the fungal disease that has killed millions of ohia trees on Hawaii island. Read more

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