Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW: main manager of FHP grants)
The Government of the State of Hawaii
Hawaii Agriculture Research Center
Institute of Pacific Island Forestry (USDA Forest Service)
Agriculture Research Service (USDA)
University of Hawaii (Manoa)
United States Geological Survey
US National Parks
Western Wildlands Environment Threat Assessment Center
Hawaii Department of Lands and Natural Resources
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
1) FHP has supported development of techniques to preclude attack of koa seed by weevils;
2) FHP supports the detection and treatment of palm trees attacked by the Coconut Rhinocerous Beetle;
3) FHP has supported the monitoring and management of a thrips insect that deforms and kills the native naio plant (Myoporum sandwicensis).
4) FHP supported the testing/development of a very effective parasitoid of the willi-willi gall wasp.Shown below is a healthy example of the willi-willi tree.
For more than 20 years the Forest health Protection (FHP) Unit of State and Private Forestry in Region 5 of the US Forest Service has, in collaboration with other natural resource institutions, provided technical advice and financial support towards the understanding and resolution of Hawaii's most salient Forest Pathology (Box A), Entomological (Box B) and Invasive Plants (Box C) problems. Support usually runs from $400,000 to $800,000 per year. The largest single forest health project to date is the one shown below called Rapid Ohia Death (ROD) (Photo by J.B. Friday)
1) FHP has supported the development of Fusarium-resistant koa for 15 years.
2) FHP has supported studies on Austropuccinia psidii (ohia rust) for 12 years
3) FHP has supported technical help towards understanding Rapid Ohia Death caused by two new species of Ceratocystis. This fungus stains and plugs up xylem of ohia trees (below, photo by Tom Harrington) and can be spread by boring dust of ambrosia beetles (far below, photo by Curtis Ewing).
FHP has helped fund the Invasive Species Committees for early detection and rapid response (eradication) of invasive plants.
FHP has helped win Forest Service funding for the restoration of entire watersheds.
FHP has supported the development of new management tools such as herbicide ballistic technology and invasive plant biocontrols, and methods for managing Albizzia (see figure below).