Outside Magazine: What’s Killing Hawaii’s Trees?
11th March 2016

Outside Magazine: What’s Killing Hawaii’s Trees?

Media Coverage
Forests
Invasive Species
Hawaii
Imaging Spectroscopy
Spectral Modeling
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Patient zero was probably in Puna, a lush, wild district not far from Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii’s Big Island. In 2010, the U.S. Forest Service and University of Hawaii started getting calls from distraught landowners in the area about ohia trees on their properties. Ohias, the bright, flowered trees that dominate nearly 50 percent of the island-state’s forests, are known for their ability to thrive nearly anywhere across the archipelago. But a swath of them had withered mysteriously and died in a matter of weeks.

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