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Free Presentation on “Wildfire on Maui: the History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility”
Did you know that the area burned each year by wildfire in Hawaii has increased by 400% over the past several decades? Wildfires have an impact on our nearshore ocean environment and coral reefs, which is why Maui Nui Marine Resource Council is hosting a free presentation on “Wildfire on Maui: the History, Threat, and Our Collective Responsibility” on Wednesday, February 6.
The presentation will be offered by Clay Trauernicht, PhD, Wildland Fire Specialist at University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension. It will take place from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation’s classrooms at the Ma’alaea Harbor Shops at 300 Ma’alaea Road, Ma’alaea (Wailuku). Doors open at 5:00 pm and complimentary refreshments will be served.
“Over the past decade, an average of more than 1,000 wildfires burned more than 17,000 acres each year in Hawai‘i, with the percentage of total land area burned comparable to and often exceeding figures for the fire-prone western United States,” reported Dr. Trauernicht.
“During my presentation, we’ll use fire science and a bit of history to tackle the how and why of the 400% increase in areas burned by wildfires in Hawaii,” said Dr. Trauernicht. “We’ll also look at the consequences it has for our watersheds and nearshore ecosystems.”
“The short story is that fire on Maui and other islands is a problem we’ve largely created,” he noted. “It is therefore one of the few ‘natural’ disasters we can actually avoid.”
Date: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Categories: Non-Profit Community Event, FREE, Environmental Event
Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center
Downstairs at Ma'alaea Harbor Shops
Ma'alaea, HI USA 96793
Island Area: South Maui
Location Specifics: At Maʻalaea Harbor Shops, 300 Maʻalaea Road, Ma'alaea (next to Maui Ocean Center)
Contact: Maui Nui Marine Resource Council