Status of Fireweed Control on Maui

Date Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Place Maui Community Service Bldg
next to CTHAR Extension Services (Map) on the UH Maui campus.
Time Pupus will be served at 6:30 pm and the talk will begin at 7:00.

Pupus will be served

Dr. James Kalani Leary from the University of Hawaii will bring us up to date on the progress made in controlling the noxious fireweed. As many of you know, fireweed has quickly become established in upcountry pastures after first being observed along roadsides in 2000. Now it is well established in Makawao, Kula, and Ulupalakua pastures. Fireweed produces a toxin that can cause illness, liver malfunctions and death to cattle and horses. Fireweeds success in spreading itself is due to the fact that one plant can produce up to 30,000 seeds that spread in the wind or on vehicle tires. It is now starting to be seen in West Maui and in home lawns down country and in Kihei. As Dr. Leary says, “Fireweed is not just a ranchers problem anymore- it’s everyone’s problem.

As this is the first meeting of the year we need to have elections to the MALP board. After 5 years on the board I will be stepping down. I thank all of you for the great experience I have shared while serving MALP members and the green industry of Maui. Please come and share you vote. There is positions on the board available as vocals.
Hope to see you there- Susi Mastroianni