Join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership on Tuesday, April 22

Tuesday, April 22 is Earth Day!!
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Do your part this year and join the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for a Volunteer Work Day on the Waihe’e Ridge Trail on Tuesday, April 22 from 9:00am to ~3:00pm.  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 come help make a difference!  We will hike about half way up the trail (~1 to 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 please call (808) 661-6600 or email us with your full name and phone number to reserve your spot.  We look forward to seeing you!

Also, between now and June 5, let us know if you have a group (at least 5 people) that you would like to take out on the trail, and we can try to coordinate a date.  Mahalo!

When:   Tuesday, April 22
Time: 9:00am to about 3:00pm

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:
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)

Molokai – Waikamoi Bird Loop Trail Work

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Hawaii Island – Palila Palooza


Ka‘ala NAR Outplanting and Watershed Protection in the News!

Friday’s KGMB evening news lead story was Kaala NAR outplanting and watershed protection. View it here

Its great coverage of the watershed initiative, the NARS, and rare plant protection.

Thanks to all those that organized the trip and provided interviews!

KWA 2012 Over Management Strategy Approved!

We are proud to announce that in Novemeber 2012, the Kauai Watershed Alliance approved a new 5-year management plan prepared by The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii.  This new plan plays off the successes over the past 8 years managing invasive weeds and feral ungulates in remote portions of Kauai and sets forth plans for continued management efforts in the coming years.  It then continues with plans and a projected budget for how to meet the challenge set forth in the Governor’s “Rainfall Follows the Forest” plan which calls for a doubling of watershed protection over the next 10 years.

KWA Overall Strategy Mgmt Plan 2012

East Moloka`i Watershed Partnership Newsletter Now Available

The April eddition of NEWSFLASH the East Moloka`i Watershed Partnership Newsletter is now available online. Click here to catch up on the latest EMoWP happenings!

WMMWP at upcoming local community events in April!

WMMWP will be hosting informational booths at two upcoming Maui community events. If you have ever been interested in conservation in West Maui, please come visit us during these great local events!

Maui County Ag Festival

Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On the first Saturday in April, Maui County Farm Bureau along with the farmers, ranchers and agricultural allies present the annual Maui County Agricultural Festival to share agriculture’s vital role in the economy, environment, and lifestyle of Maui. Held on the lū‘au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū, this is Maui’s prime event to raise awareness about local agriculture on Maui.

Here’s an event to talk story with the people who grow our food and their industry allies, to discover what agriculture means to our communities and ‘aina, to taste fresh flavors, have fun. Hosted by Maui County Farm Bureau in partnership with Office of Economic Development, and supported by generous sponsors, the festival provides the one-stop experience of the wondrous impact of agriculture in day-to-day life.

WMMWP will be there from 9-4pm with information about West Maui Conservation Initiatives

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens – Ola Ka Honua, Earth Day 2012

MNBG’s annual Earth day Celebration is a free family event focusing on the preservation of native Hawaiian resources and culture. There will be earth friendly information booths, games, cultural demonstrations, great food and entertainment! Native Hawaiian Plants will be made available for purchase. Call 808-249-2798 or email info@mnbg.or for more information or to participate.

Date: Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Time: 9:00AM – 3:00 PM

WMMWP will have a booth at this event as well to teach about native West Maui plants, our forested watersheds and how important a diverse ecosystem is to the health of our communities!


WMMWP working on 5 Year Overall Management Plan and Weed Management Plan

WMMWP is working with Partners and other natural resource managers to plan for watershed protection in West Maui over the next 5 years! We are looking forward to completing these important documents and will have online versions available once they are completed.

TMA 2011 Newsletter Now Available

Download 2011 TMA Newsletter here.

The Last Drop

A promising plan, aimed at doubling the area of protected watershed over the next 10 years, has been launched by Gov. Abercrombie and state water officials. Aptly entitled, “The Rain Follows the Forest,” the $11 million per year stewardship initiative will create some 150 jobs, investing now to ensure the long term availability of fresh water statewide. Groundwater levels in Pearl Harbor, source of over 60 percent of Oahu’s water, have declined by half since 1990. Read more here.