The Mahalo ‘āina: Give Back to the Forest Program will be the Hawai‘i Forest Institute’s (HFI’s) first, long-term, self-sustaining, outreach program. The goals of the Program are to expand HFI’s public and private partnerships and gain support for the protection and perpetuation of Hawaii’s forest ecosystems. Through a 12-month Kick Off Fundraising Campaign, HFI will seek support for its forest restoration and demonstration projects. Funds raised will help support propagation, outplanting, and long-term care of plantings; site maintenance; educational programs; and administrative and promotional activities of the campaign.
This program is different from other tree planting programs because in addition to planting trees, it will help to support total ecosystem management and provide forest stewardship opportunities and environmental and cultural educational programs at project sites throughout the state. The seedlings will be outplanted and cared for at the following restoration and demonstration forest sites:
- Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest, Hawai‘i Island
- La‘i‘Ōpua Dryland Habitat Preserve, Hawai‘i Island
- Kaloko Makai Dryland Forest Preserve, Hawai‘i Island
- Pana‘ewa Zoo Discovery Forest, Hawai‘i Island
- Humu‘ula Christmas Tree Demonstration Project, Hawai‘i Island
- Palama Nui Dry Forest Preserve, Hawai‘i Island (in exploration stage)
- Kapāpala Canoe Forest, Hawai‘i Island
- Honolulu Zoo Children’s Discovery Forest, O‘ahu
- Kua O Ka Lā Public Charter School
- Keauhou Bird Conservation Center Discovery Forest
- Hawai‘i Island Native Hawaiian Seed Bank Cooperative, Hawai‘i Island
- Project sites on Maui and Kaua‘i to be identified.
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