Featured Articles

Volunteers Needed to Eradicate Fountain Grass in HOVE

June 21, 2012, 11:39 AM HST
* Updated September 9, 1:01 PM
A
A
A

The ongoing massive fire in the Pahala area showed the significant fire hazard in the arid southeast portion of the Big Island, and Ka‘u officials and residents are looking to get ahead of the game.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has made a call for volunteers to assist the park and the Ocean View Community Association with the removal of fountain grass from roadsides in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates.

The noxious weed is not only a problem in the sprawling Ka‘u subdivision but can also pose a threat to the Kahuku Unit of the national park located adjacent to and above HOVE.

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Ocean View Community Center at 9 a.m. Saturday. They should bring lunch, water, a hat and sunscreen.

Fountain grass, a highly flammable bunch grass native to North Africa, is the bane of resource managers at the park and elsewhere.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

Its clumps not only burn quickly but also spread rapidly, as the plant is one of the few invasive species that can colonize young lava flows which otherwise would serve as a natural firebreak. It also chokes out native plants.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

In 2005 the noxious weed contributed to the rapid spread of a 25,000-acre wildfire that forced the evacuation of Waikoloa Village in South Kohala.

For information on the eradication effort contact HVNP ecologist David Benitez at 985-6085 or by email at [email protected]

 

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

 

 

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments

Newsletters

Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.