Each year, an estimated 500 to 600 wildfires sweep across parts of Oahu. But those fires are different than the ones that burn on the mainland, and in many ways, the charred fields are just the beginning of the problem.
Flooding and heavy rains in April caused severe damage to the road and natural landscape on Kauaʻi’s North Shore. Access to communities at the end of the road has been limited to local residents for more than eight months. As HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports, this isolation has allowed the area’s natural resources to rebound.
The beauty of Hawaiʻi draws visitors from around the world. But caring for the state’s natural resources is a constant challenge for many. Some of those who are caretakers are coming together to help each other—and help the land as well. HPR’s Ku’uwehi Hiraishi reports.
Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll hear about programs enabling citizen scientists to help map Hawaiʻi’s natural resources. Equipped with mobile applications we’ll talk about a training program to develop citizen foresters and another project to adopt a breadfruit tree.
When we think of forests and the economy, we think of logging and timber as a product of the forest resource. There are however a plethora of products that come from the forest, that aren't timber at all.