Albiza accounts for much of the storm damage in Puna after Iselle

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Mufi and Les went to Puna to see for themselves the problem associated with the Albizia tree damage.
Mufi and Les went to Puna to see for themselves the problem associated with the Albizia tree damage.

Bringing the Puna area and many other parts of the State that were affected by Iselle back to before-storm conditions will be ongoing. One observation Les made from his experience as the Parks Director for Honolulu, it that a coordinated effort needs to be made to deal with the overgrowth of Albizia trees in the Puna area as well as across the state. As Parks Director, he lead a very hard working urban forestry division that managed Oahu’s 250,000 park and city street trees. As stately a tree as an Albizia may appear from afar, it really is an invasive weed-tree that can quickly become a serious health and safety concern when in the proximity of people. It’s fast growth and proliferation is a growing problem for government and private landowners as Albizias spread closer to homes, parks, streets and populated areas. What happened in the Puna area puts a focus on this growing concern.

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