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Hawaii seeks comment on Waimanalo forest plan

By Associated Press


HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking the public to comment on a draft plan for managing nearly 500 acres of conservation land in Oahu's Waimanalo valley.

The Waimanalo Forest Reserve is almost completely forested and has hiking trails for hiking, cycling and horseback riding.

But it has few native plant species. Most of its vegetation consists of invasive trees.

The draft management plan proposes replacing invasive species on steep slopes with native plants and trees. It suggests planting timber areas with high-value hardwood species like koa, mahogany or teak.

It proposes planting fruit and nut orchards at lower elevations. The agroforestry approach would produce timber, fruits and nuts while providing shade for understory crops.

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife is accepting comments through Aug. 9.

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roy2335 wrote:
It would be interesting to see sandalwood trees. Though I am curious are we looking for a cash crop or will these trees be allowed to grow? A Macadamia nut orchard for all to partake in would be nice.
on July 10,2013 | 06:24AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
If we are going to be paying money for this reforestation project then let's try and restore the native vegetation. Hopefully, this will inspire future generations to follow suit and replant the thousands of acres statewide that have become havens for invasive flora.
on July 10,2013 | 06:31AM
SteveToo wrote:
But leave the strawberry guava. So ono to eat on a hike. LOL
on July 10,2013 | 07:28AM
kukaikid wrote:
yeah but hi crime and vandalism in nalo too...
on July 10,2013 | 09:06AM
false wrote:
bright idea to clear the steep slopes. What next a erosion mediation plan?
on July 10,2013 | 12:46PM
konag43 wrote:
why do they need comments for something that should been done eons ago. just do it. common sense tells you that native plants fruit and nut trres are much better for the enviroment then invasive species. by the way don't forget to plant the sandalwood trees that used to grow in hawaii until the missionarys cut it all down and became extinct. strawberry guave is invasive.
on July 11,2013 | 01:11PM
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