Ohia tree seed banking crowdfunding campaign increases goal

University of Hawaiʻi
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Posted: Apr 27, 2016

University of Hawaiʻi System Video News Release:  ‘Ōhi‘a tree seed banking crowdfunding campaign increases goal

Link to video & sound: http://bit.ly/1SQagsK

WHAT – The UH Mānoa ‘ōhi‘a tree seed banking crowdfunding campaign has reached it’s $35,000 goal

WHEN – The crowdfunding campaign started on February 7, 2016

WHO – University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Lyon Arboretum, Seed Conservation Laboratory

ADDITIONAL FACTS:

  • Organizers have now increased the fundraising goal to $50,000 after the $35,000 goal for the seed banking effort was reached in about two months with 407 individual contributions via GoFundMe.com/ohialove
  • Strong show of public support for the #ohialove crowdfunding campaign to bank ‘ōhi‘a tree seeds in the face of the RapidʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD) epidemic has encouraged
  • Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death is a virulent disease that has killed more than 100,000 ‘ōhi‘a trees on Hawaiʻi Island, impacting the entire Hawaiian forest ecosystem
  • Seed banking is a proven technique for plant conservation especially during crisis that put species at high risk
  • The mission of the Seed Conservation Laboratory is to prevent the extinction of Hawai‘i’s rare plant species

VIDEO SHOT SHEET (58 seconds):

Dead ‘ōhi‘a trees (4 shots)

Healthy ‘ōhi‘a trees  (5 shots)

Healthy ‘ōhi‘a trees with wildlife (3 shots)

SOUNDBITES:

Marian Chau, Seed Conservation Lab Manager, UH Mānoa Lyon Arboretum (8 seconds)

“It’s very exciting that now that we’ve reached our goal we can begin making collections of ‘ōhi‘a seeds and start storing those seeds for future restoration.”

Chau (13 seconds)

“If we reach our stretch goal of $50,000 then we’ll be able to hire a student employee from the University of Hawai‘i and with their help we should be able to double the amount of seeds of ‘ōhi‘a that we’re able to collect, preserve and store.”

Chau (Longer version of 2nd soundbite 21 seconds)

“If we reach our stretch goal of $50,000 then we’ll be able to hire a student employee from the University of Hawai‘i and with their help we should be able to double the amount of seeds of ‘ōhi‘a that we’re able to collect, preserve and store. We can also make two additional trips to Hawai‘i island to make collections of ‘ōhi‘a seeds from the areas that are at highest risk.”