Kahikinui Koa Forest Protection and Restoration Project, Island of Maui.

The Hawai‘i State, Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) proposed to build a pig- and deer-proof fence to exclose approximately 1,500 acres of native remnant koa forest on portions of five properties owned by DOFAW, the State of Hawai‘i and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Geometrician provided EA services for the project, including archaeological assessment of the fencelines and consultation of native Hawaiian and hunting group stakeholders.

The overall aim of this project is to initiate an effective management scheme within the remnant native upland forest of southern Haleakal?. The project demonstrates that a reasonable effort involving active management and feral ungulate control can restore and protect the unique forest resources. DOFAW hopes that the project will serve as a showcase for responsible and economical stewardship on State land, thus providing an example for stewardship on private land and an incentive for future public investment and policy development. Although full forest recovery is expected to take decades, this project has initiated the actions needed for long-term recovery of forest and the dozens of native and endangered plant and animal species that inhabit it.

back to selected projects