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Deadly fungus could forever quarantine Big Island Ohia trees

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii agriculture officials are recommending that the quarantine on ohia trees be made permanent to help prevent the spread of a deadly fungus.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the proposal approved by the state Board of Agriculture goes to the lieutenant governor next.

It would permanently require testing and permitting for shipments of the trees to try and contain rapid ohia death on the Big Island.

Almost 50,000 acres have been impacted by the fungus so far, but it has not spread to other islands.

Officials implemented a one-year shipping ban in August 2015.

A permanent quarantine would impact ohia flowers, leaves, seeds, stems, twigs, cuttings, mulch, greenwaste, frass, wood, logs and soil that contained ohia.

Finished wood treated under Department of Agriculture guidelines is exempt from permitting.

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