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Planned Expansion of Native Dryland Forest on Maui

The native dryland forest on Haleakala's leeward slope is slated for major restoration.
October 02, 2015

Planned Expansion of Native Dryland Forest on Maui

New Real EstateAmidst all the reports of population growth, new real estate developments and general expansion, hearing about a planned native dryland forest expansion is an unusual break. State officials are planning to restore the forest that once blanketed leeward Haleakala. The dryland forest in this area currently covers only five percent of what it once did, which is the result of logging and cattle ranching. Once upon a time, it covered a swath of Maui land all the way from Makawao to Kaupo.

This effort comes from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife, which very recently released a draft management plan for the Nakula Natural Area Reserve. The report details the restoration efforts they plan to perform, including the planting of native trees, which has already been underway as of 2014, along with steps to control invasive species that undermine the native ecosystem.

The preserve is comprised of 1,500 acres that start at a 3,600-foot elevation on the leeward slope of Haleakala. The area is already home to two of Hawaii's endangered endemic native forest birds, the nene (Hawaiian goose) and the pueo (Hawaiian owl), as well as the Hawaiian hoary bat, which is one of Hawaii's only two native mammals. The DLNR hopes to enhance the success of these species through these habitat restoration efforts, hopefully with the help of local community groups like the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership.

As for the price tag of these efforts, they will cost around $209,700 in the fiscal year of 2016 and another $154,700 in the fiscal year of 2017. In the end, the hope is that removing invasive plants and animals while planting native species will protect Maui's watersheds and native animals, helping to restore them to their former glory. 

With any luck, these efforts will prove successful, and we'll get a better window into the original type of landscape that once defined Maui. We may even see a beneficial chain reaction throughout the ecosystem in ways we never expected. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. For now, we'll hope for the best results.

Blogs for October 2015

Makena Beach and Golf Resort Redevelopment

Posted on October 30, 2015
Makena Beach and Golf Resort Redevelopment

Lately, we've had an abundance of activity in both commercial and residential South Maui real estate. Savvy investors are snapping up properties, developing and redeveloping left and right. The latest example is the redevelopment of the Makena Beach & Golf Resort by Discovery Land Co.,… Continue Reading

Makena Parcel Sells to Radio Station Magnate for $7.8 Million

Posted on October 23, 2015
Makena Parcel Sells to Radio Station Magnate for $7.8 Million

A South Maui real estate purchase made headlines recently, when North Dakota-based radio station owner James Ingstad paid $7.8 million for a parcel of land in Makena. If you're not familiar with the area, Makena is located south of Kihei and… Continue Reading

Maui Property Tax Rates

Posted on October 16, 2015
Maui Property Tax Rates

Interested in Maui property tax rates for 2015-2016? It's a common thing to look into if you're a Maui real estate buyer or owner. The tax rate depends on the value of the property, which is assessed at 100% true market value each year based on cost… Continue Reading

Maui Residents Skeptical About Liquefied Natural Gas

Posted on October 09, 2015
Maui Residents Skeptical About Liquefied Natural Gas

Maui residents are least interested in Liquefied natural gas (LNG) among energy source options. That is according to MPower Maui, a project under the Maui Economic Development Board, which facilitated discussions with hundreds of Maui residents regarding energy issues. The reason this matters is… Continue Reading

Planned Expansion of Native Dryland Forest on Maui

Posted on October 02, 2015
Planned Expansion of Native Dryland Forest on Maui

Amidst all the reports of population growth, new real estate developments and general expansion, hearing about a planned native dryland forest expansion is an unusual break. State officials are planning to restore the forest that once blanketed leeward Haleakala. The dryland forest in… Continue Reading

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