Protecting Fragile Ecosystems:
I ola o kau,
I ola mākou nei.
As you thrive,
so we thrive also.
‘Ōhi’a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is Hawaii’s most important tree, but it is threatened by a new disease called Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death. Hikers and other forest users can help prevent the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhi’a Death by cleaning boots and shoes and disinfecting with 70% rubbing alcohol before hiking in native forests. This same practice will not only help ʻōhia but also prevent the spread of other invasive plants, pests, and diseases across our fragile ecosystems.
Steps to Proper Bio-Sanitation:
Remove as much mud as possible from boots and gear. Donʻt forget hiking poles and pants legs.
Spray with 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Wait 15 seconds.
Donʻt forget your vehicle.