March 18, 2016 Planting Workshop

‘Āina Mauna Christmas Tree Demonstration Planting Workshop

March 18, 2016

The ‘Āina Mauna Christmas Tree Demonstration Project involves importing and propagating seed and outplanting Douglas fir seedlings on Dec. 2015 Seedlings in tubes webDepartment of Hawaiian Homes Lands (DHHL) land in Humu‘ula/Pi‘ihonua on Hawai‘i Island.   Our goal is to show that these Christmas tree species are suitable for Hawai‘i production and to establish protocols to grow top quality trees that can compete with imported trees in our local markets.

At the March 18, 2016 Planting Workshop, 22 attendees enjoyed presentations, planting demonstrations, and outplanted 600 seedlings.  Click through each agenda item below to view the video.

A special mahalo to DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) for helping us grow the seedlings at the DOFAW Waimea Nursery.

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Christmas Tree Project Brochure 2016

Planting Workshop Presentations

  1. Welcome: Mike Robinson
  2. Block B Site (2002 Trials): Aileen Yeh
  3. Melissa Irene Sprecher, DOFAW Forestry Program Coordinator: 2013 “Hawai‘i-grown Christmas Tree Market Potential” Needs Assessment Study
  4. Mike Robinson, DHHL Forester: Site Preparation
  5. Aileen Yeh, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center Horticulturalist: Seed vs. Seedlings and Nursery Protocols
  6. Anthony S. Davis, University of Idaho: Seedling Selection and Care
  7. Nick Koch, Forest Solutions, Inc. Forester: Site Maintenance

Mahalo to Funders & Partners
USDA Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture
County of Hawai‘i Department of Research & Development
Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
Hawaii Agriculture Research Center
DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife
College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources
Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species
Hawaii Invasive Species Council
US Forest Service