WHAT CAN WE DO?
Preventing the spread of Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death will benefit all of us, so PRACTICE THE FIVE! Five things we can all do to prevent spreading Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death fungus:
1. Don’t move ʻōhiʻa wood or ʻōhiʻa parts. If you don’t know where the ʻōhiʻa material is from, don’t move it.
2. Don’t transport ʻōhiʻa inter-island. Follow the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture quarantine rule and help to keep ROD from reaching the other islands.
3. Clean tools used for cutting ʻōhiʻa (especially infected ones) with 70% rubbing alcohol, a proven cleaning measure.
4. Clean gear, including shoes and clothes, before and after entering forests. Brush all soil off of shoes then spray with 70% rubbing alcohol. Wash clothes with hot water and soap.
5. Wash your vehicle with soap if you’ve been off-roading or have picked up mud from driving. Use a pressure washer with soap to clean all soil off of the tires and vehicle undercarriage. By following these simple practices, we can all ensure ʻōhiʻa for our future!