Imogen Piper, Joyce Lee, Elahe Izadi, and Brianna Sacks of The Washington Post report on Maui’s neglected grasslands which made the Lahaina fire worse.
- Lahaina’s wildfire, which is the deadliest in U.S. history, was started by a downed power line that rapidly grew because of highly-flammable non-native grasses in the area.
- Invasive species cost the world more than $400 billion each year and make natural disasters more impactful and devastating.
- Public-private partnerships and empowering local landowners to actively manage their property will be essential to reducing the risk that invasive species pose.
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