Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Pathogen Found in Kaua‘i Forest

Guest blog for ‘Don’t Move Firewood’ website by Melissa Fisher, Director of Kauai Forest Program, The Hawai’i Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

One evening early in May 2018 I received a call from the Kauaʻi Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) branch manager that started with, “Are you sitting down?” She quickly shared with me devastating information that the deadly disease that has killed thousands of trees on the island of Hawai’i, Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), had now also been found on the island of Kauaʻi. ʻŌhiʻa trees anchor Kauaʻi’s native forest and are deeply significant culturally. The thought that kept running through my mind was, “we thought we had more time.”

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Forest survey crew sample suspect trees. credit: L. Behnke, TNC

KWA Coordinator – TNC Kauaʻi Forest Program, October 2018 newsletter

Since our last update, we have been challenged to stepaway from our planned projects and incorporate the unexpected into our work. Kauaʻi experienced catastrophic rain in April, quickly followed by the discovery here of the disease currently devasting the native ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island. As a Greek philosopher once said, “the only constant is change”, and while we cannot predict the next change, as this newsletter will share, our team will be here to help find solutions thanks to your support. Read more

ʻŌhiʻa lehua blossom at Kanaele Bog on Kaua’i

KWA Coordinator – TNC Kauaʻi Forest Program, June 2018 newsletter

Welcome to the first of what we plan will be a quarterly “Dispatches” newsletter from the Kauaʻi Forest program! We are excited to share with you the latest news and updates from the field (and office too!) as we work to protect the drinking water in some of the most remote areas on Kauaʻi. We hope you will enjoy hearing about our projects and the team that undertakes the many challenges of working in the very heart of the island. Read more

Wainiha Valley, Kauaʻi

KWA 2012 Over Management Strategy Approved!

We are proud to announce that in Novemeber 2012, the Kauai Watershed Alliance approved a new 5-year management plan prepared by The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.  This new plan plays off the successes over the past 8 years managing invasive weeds and feral ungulates in remote portions of Kauai and sets forth plans for continued management efforts in the coming years.  It then continues with plans and a projected budget for how to meet the challenge set forth in the Governor’s “Rainfall Follows the Forest” plan which calls for a doubling of watershed protection over the next 10 years.

KWA Overall Strategy Mgmt Plan 2012