Grazing as Fuels Management
One very important tool we have to mitigate wildfire on a landscape scale is strategically grazing. In many cases, it may be too expensive to mitigate mechanically or chemically the large fire hazard presented by the vast grasslands in the leeward areas of Hawaii.
HWMO has installed fencing and water infrastructure (that also assists fire suppression) to support well managed grazing and has funded fieldwork to gather information on grazing.
Historically, grazing to manage grasses has:
- Reduced the scale, frequency, and intensity of wildfires
- Protected irreplaceable native habitats from wildfires