Whether you are growing plants around your home for aesthetic reasons, to restore natives, or to feed your family, the principles of Firewise landscaping are always the same: reduce the horizontal and vertical continuity of vegetation, remove dead and dying plants and plant matter, and keep plants green year round. HWMO shared these tips and more, including Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guides and Wildfire & Drought Look Out! flyers with Oahu residents at the Second Saturday Rose Sale at the University of Hawaii CTAHR Urban Garden Center on February 11th. Although we made some great connections at the event with people from all over the island, including representatives from Wahiawa Senior Center, Aloha Arborist Association, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, a powerful storm cut our time short.
Our outreach booth was no match for the downpour and flooding that overtook our spot at the Garden Center in the usually drier Pearl City area. However, the rain-soaked event just goes to show that even on rainy days, HWMO is still willing and able to share the importance of wildfire prevention and readiness! Mahalo UH CTAHR for the invite to set-up a booth!