Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death Pathogen Found in Kaua‘i Forest

Guest blog for ‘Don’t Move Firewood’ website by Melissa Fisher, Director of Kauai Forest Program, The Hawai’i Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

One evening early in May 2018 I received a call from the Kauaʻi Department of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) branch manager that started with, “Are you sitting down?” She quickly shared with me devastating information that the deadly disease that has killed thousands of trees on the island of Hawai’i, Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death (ROD), had now also been found on the island of Kauaʻi. ʻŌhiʻa trees anchor Kauaʻi’s native forest and are deeply significant culturally. The thought that kept running through my mind was, “we thought we had more time.”

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Forest survey crew sample suspect trees. credit: L. Behnke, TNC

KWA Coordinator – TNC Kauaʻi Forest Program, October 2018 newsletter

Since our last update, we have been challenged to stepaway from our planned projects and incorporate the unexpected into our work. Kauaʻi experienced catastrophic rain in April, quickly followed by the discovery here of the disease currently devasting the native ʻōhiʻa trees on Hawaiʻi Island. As a Greek philosopher once said, “the only constant is change”, and while we cannot predict the next change, as this newsletter will share, our team will be here to help find solutions thanks to your support. Read more

ʻŌhiʻa lehua blossom at Kanaele Bog on Kaua’i

KWA Coordinator – TNC Kauaʻi Forest Program, June 2018 newsletter

Welcome to the first of what we plan will be a quarterly “Dispatches” newsletter from the Kauaʻi Forest program! We are excited to share with you the latest news and updates from the field (and office too!) as we work to protect the drinking water in some of the most remote areas on Kauaʻi. We hope you will enjoy hearing about our projects and the team that undertakes the many challenges of working in the very heart of the island. Read more

Wainiha Valley, Kauaʻi

Learn about Watersheds! UH Manoa February 8th 2017

Watershed Partnerships 2017 RFP

The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources seeks to fund the
implementation of projects undertaken by watershed partnerships in accordance with
approved watershed management plans negotiated with private landowners. Multiple
awards will be made under this request for proposals. Final awards are subject to the
availability of funds or State budget restrictions and procedures.
Approximately $2.5 million dollars from the General Fund is available through this RFP.

Please see the RFP here: Request For Proposals No. WP17

2016 WCC Hawaii – Experience Proposals

In September 2016 Hawai`i will welcome 8,000 participants from over 160 countries at the IUCN 2016 World Conservation Congress. Although the Congress sessions will be held at the Hawai`i Convention Center, we have the opportunity to bring the Congress to our communities via excursions and pre and post experiences, and to share how Hawai`i is incorporating modern science and indigenous knowledge in the spirit of true Aloha to help preserve and sustain our environment and our culture. It will also be an opportunity to learn from conservation experts around the world of their challenges and best practices.

The 2016 WCC Hawaii Host Committee is inviting  those that are interested in hosting the participants of the IUCN 2016 World Conservation Congress to submit their proposals for excursions and pre and post experiences by filling out this  form .
The selection timeline for the excursions and pre and post proposals is as follows:

September 4, 2015: Date due for proposals.

September 8-16, 2015: Review and vetting of proposal by each county

September 17-28, 2015: Review and selection of proposals by the Host Committee Programs Excursions and Pre/Post Working Group and IUCN.

October 9, 2015: Launch of the registration web site.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUBMITTED OR ARE PLANNING ON SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSALS THROUGH YOUR COUNTY/ISLAND: Please check with your county contact to see if you will be included in their information, or if you should submit directly via this form.

Kaua`i: Margaret Clark – mclark@ntbg.org (mailto:mclark@ntbg.org)
Maui: Rob Parsons – robert.parsons@co.maui.hi.us (mailto:robert.parsons@co.maui.hi.us)
Hawai`i (Big Island): Ross Birch – rbirch@hvcb.org (mailto:rbirch@hvcb.org)

O`ahu – Please submit your proposals via this form.

Waihee Ridge Strawberry Guava Control Trip Saturday 3-7-2015

Aloha mai kakou!

In honor of Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week, we invite you to join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Stewardship Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00am – ~2:00pm.  We will be controlling invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava has been recognized as one of the most invasive weeds in the state, so we appreciate your help!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.Spots are limited, so kindly RSVP by Wednesday, March 4 by email at outreach@westmauiwatershed.org or calling us at 808-661-6600.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

When:  Saturday, March 7

Time: 9:00am to about 2:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail HeadDirections: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy (340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before Camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, camera
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)

Registration Closes Jan 29th! HAWP Workshop 2015 – Conservation Innovation: Imagery at Different Scales

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Image: Ryan Perroy and the UAV team from UH-Hilo prepare to deploy a UAV-mounted imagery system at the Pelekane Bay watershed project of the Kohala Watershed Partnership. Photo by KWP.

                                                 Date: Thursday, February 5th, 2015

                                                             Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

                                          Location: Fleet Reserve Association Branch 46
                                                             891 Valkenburgh Street 
                                                                Honolulu, HI 96818

Registration fee: $35 per person (includes lunch and refreshments)

The Hawaii Association of Watershed Partnerships (HAWP) presents a capacity building workshop for conservation professionals statewide. The workshop will highlight innovative approaches in conservation and natural resource management, specifically imagery and image technology. Sharing technology-based practices is critically important for resource managers to keep pace with rapidly expanding technologies and applications. The workshop will feature presentations on satellite imagery applications and advances, LIDAR, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), remote camera applications, and field applications for smart tablets.

Presentation blocks will include panel discussions with the speakers and a demonstration session at the end of the day where workshop participants can test out equipment, imagery and engage presenters.

Featured topics and speakers include:

Satellite transmission collars for tracking pigs
Chris Miller, DOFAW

A new Cyanea from the Hawaiian Islands; taxonomy, and a novel approach to monitoring remote species             Maggie Sporck Koehler, Division of Forestry and Wildlife

Gigapan high resolution imagery
Will Weaver, O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program

UAVs for resources conservation
Ryan Perroy, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Pictometry
Jim Jacobi, USGS

Using satellite imagery for landscape-scale monitoring
John Pipan

Utility of Google Nexus tablets and the Locus Map Pro application for navigation and data collection                                     Chris Radford, West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership

Using  ArcGIS Viewshed Analysis to define effectively surveyed areas (for weeds detected during aerial surveys in watershed topography)
Brook Mahnken,  Maui Invasive Species Committee

Use of the Surface Pro 2 for Aerial GPS Data Collection                                                                                                                     Russell Kallstrom, TNC/EMoWP

Here’s an app for that:  Offline smartphone data collection for the field
Sam Aruch, Natural Resource Data Solutions

ESRI mobile and desktop applications to streamline data flow from the field to the office
Nikhil Inman-Narahari, PTA

Registration link  is UP! (Please note: the website only accepts credit cards. No purchase orders or checks.)

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservation-innovation-imagery-at-different-scales-tickets-14737663749?aff=eorg

 

 

 

Auwahi Volunteer Trip December 12th, 2014

Best Group shotAloha no,

Every time we get together on the mountain at Auwahi with good people doing meaningful work is truly a blessing. Some trips though, often for seemingly the most subtle of reasons, are extra special. Our most recent volunteer trip was one of those days.

We want to thank all those who contributed to the success of that weeding and out planting trip. Foremost of these, of course, are the incredible core of Maui volunteers, Alex, Ann, Art, Ben, Bob, Dan, Erica, Greg, Kailie, Keahi, Kiana, Mia, Mike, Robert, Scott, Stuart, Tim, William and Zane. Mahalo loa to you all. A successful planting is like a well-timed relay race and requires the expertise of our special Maui native plant cultivators, specifically, Jonathan and Ethan at Native Nursery, Anna and Don at Ho’olawa Farms, and in the case of our last trip, a very special gift from Martha Vockrodt and Fleming Arboretum of kauila (Alphitonia ponderosa auwahiensis) seedlings which in batches are being returned to their native homes.

 

View from rocky ridge to coastThe magic of forest restoration continues on Friday, December 12th, as we head back to Auwahi forest to do more hana pono probably some weeding, planting and seed collecting. Just so you know we receive about twice as many requests to participate as we have room to accommodate in our four wheel drive vehicles. Toward the aim of filling every seat on every trip, once you are confirmed to come on a trip, if you need to cancel please let us know as soon as possible so we can fill your seat.

Christmas time in the mountains is often cold and wet but when it is clear, it can be startlingly beautiful. So if you are in good shape and want to help out, please grab a jacket and hat and let us know if you can join us. Please reserve your seat by contacting auwahi@yahoo.com.

 

Where: ʻUlupalakua Ranch Store

When: Friday, December 12th, 2014 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Due to the rough and steep terrain, WE REQUIRE HIKING BOOTS TO BE WORN THAT COVER THE ANKLE, and unfortunately, we will have to turn folks away without proper boots. We have some extra boots you can borrow but please bring your own socks. Plan to pack layered clothing, rain gear, two liters of water, lunch, sunscreen and a hat. Please clean all your gear, backpacks and boots to leave hitchhiking seeds behind.

Mahalo loa,

Maui Restoration Group

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Waihee Ridge Volunteer Stewardship on 11/18/2014

We invite you to join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Work Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Tuesday, November 18 from 9:00am – ~2:00pm.  We will be removing invasive Strawberry guava and talking story about the importance of a healthy watershed and threats to our native rainforests.  Strawberry guava is one of the most invasive weeds in West Maui, so we appreciate your help!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1-1.5 miles) for the control work which will involve cutting smaller diameter trees and frilling larger ones.  We will provide all the necessary tools (handsaws and gloves) and will also be using herbicide.  WMMWP staff will mainly be the ones involved in the actual herbicide, although those that feel comfortable are welcome to take part.

Spots are limited, so kindly RSVP by Friday, November 14.  We look forward to seeing you!  Mahalo!

When:  Tuesday, November 18PublicTrip_AMW_photouseOK (14)

Time: 9:00am to about 2:00pm

Meeting place: Gravel parking lot just before Camp Maluhia @ Waihe’e Ridge Trail Head

Directions: From Waihe’e town follow Kahekili Hwy(340) west, turn up Maluhia Rd.(across from Mendes Ranch) and go 0.9 mi up. On the right hand side, just before camp Maluhia, there is a large gravel lot. Meet us there!

What to bring:
Water
Lunch
Comfortable, Sturdy closed-toed footwear
Long sleeved shirt
Rain jacket or poncho
Optional: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat
Gloves if you have (we will have many extras)