Christmas trees land in HawaiiUPDATED 9:11 AM HST Nov 20, 2013Video Transcript
An increased effort by agriculture officials in Oregon has resulted in cleaner Christmas trees being shipped to the islands. KITV4's Ryan Kalei Tsuji is standing by LIVE this morning from the plant quarantine center Pier 38 with the details. Good Morning Ryan. Good Morning. Oregon agriculture inspectors are actually here in Hawaii to watch the local inspections of Christmas trees that were shipped from the Pacific Northwest. And an increased effort in the monitoring of the Christmas Trees harvested in Oregon has resulted in fewer problems for inspectors here. Oregon growers lead the nation in Christmas tree production. And last year shipped 250 containers to Hawaii, each holding 400 to 700 trees However, 50% of those containers had some sort of pest foreign to the islands. This year only six of the 60 Christmas tree containers that were shipped to the islands were held back due to slugs that were found in the container. The state will use hot water to treat the 6 containers held behind for pests. Officials from the DOA in Oregon say they have implemented some new management practices and research in the shipping process. This includes better mechanical shaking of the trees. As well as putting the harvested trees on pallets as opposed to back on the ground for pests to re-infest. Officials from Oregon say that Hawaii is an important customer for them, and that is why more of an effort has been made to ensure the quality of the trees are shipped to Hawaii.