Restoration

Restoration

Battling back invasives with jackhammers

HAWAII—Pu`u Wa`awa`a State Forest Reserve, about 15 miles northeast of Kailua Kona on Hawaii, the Big Island, contains some of the best remaining dry and mixed mesic (an environment or habitat containing a moderate amount of moisture) forest left in the Hawaiian Islands, but these forests have been degraded in the past through over-grazing and neglect. In 2016, Hawaii successfully competed for a $300,000 Landscape Scale Restoration grant funded by the USDA Forest Service that will ultimately result in restoring 1,000 acres of forest in this important watershed.