No evidence tree fungus is here

LIHUE — The most recent aerial surveys of ohia forests on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai paint a good-news, bad-news picture.

The good news is there are no confirmed cases of this fast-spreading fungal infection in ohia forests on any island other than the Big Island. The bad news is the area of mortality thought to be caused by rapid ohia death has increased 50 percent on the Big Island compared to DLNR’s previous survey in 2016.

“Rapid ohia death continues to spread at an alarming speed,” said Philipp LaHeala Walter, state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife forester.

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