The goal of this project is to assist the recovery of a self-sustaining, biologically diverse, multi-layered native forest in Kahuku. Repairing fencing and removing remaining ungulates will minimize unintended disruption to vegetation. Restoration, replenishing, and monitoring of native plant species, in addition to invasive plant species control, will allow greater establishment of intended species. Preventing extinction of rare plant species requires increasing population sizes of rare, threatened, and endangered native plant species, as well as fortifying a genetic safety net. Creating a seed bank or nursery for extant species will foster this goal. Fuel loads from a history of grazing, matched with increasing temperature and drier conditions, necessitates fire preparation. Evaluating fuel breaks, re-positioning water sources, developing site closure protocols, and creating educational materials will better position Kahuku to prevent fires from occurring. Lastly, the appropriate funding for these goals needs to be acquired, either through grant applications or leveraging resources from existing programs in the area.
Climate Change Impacts
Challenges and Opportunities
Project participants used the Adaptation Workbook to develop several adaptation actions for this project, including: