Check out this exciting event that we will be hosting an information booth at on June 17!
"The east side of Hawaii Island, Puna district, has been the area hardest hit by Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), a disease caused by a fungus new to science. ROD is killing ʻōhiʻa on the Big Island, where thousands of trees have died and more than 50,000 acres have been affected. Our native ʻōhiʻa forests are a beloved cultural and natural resource, and are the source of our fresh water. The devastating ROD disease will have impacts ranging from the land to the sea. To help raise awareness about ROD, the Grassroots Community Development Group, Bodacious Women of Pāhoa, Nanawale Community Association, the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service, and Hawaii State Division of Forestry & Wildlife are collaborating to host Forest Roots, a joint family education day and hunting tournament in the heart of Puna. On Saturday, June 17, 2017, Forest Roots will invite Big Island residents to learn about forest and ocean health and the threat of ROD through fun activities for all ages. There will be a hunting tournament, casting contest, forest and ocean educational activities, demonstrations, and informational booths.
Forest Roots will provide an invaluable educational and networking opportunity for all contributors and participants. We hope to convey the seriousness of ROD and share how Big Island residents can all help to spread awareness with each other and prevent the spread of this terrible disease within their communities."