Retreating Mangrove

Direct from crane to chipper

Direct from crane to chipper

Someday soon there will be lots of niu malu.

Coconut trees discovered in the mangrove

We are attacking the invasive mangrove on all sides and the results are pretty visible. The mangrove is retreating. Last Saturday, April 18, Larry Conklin and his crane, together with Jim Campbell’s professional tree trimming crew, attacked the mangrove from the harbor side of the Puali Stream for the second time.  They created some big gaps along the stream, exposing many young coconut trees (niu). These are the types of trees that want to keep, as they have given Niumalu its name.

Kauai High School sudents removing mangrove debris

Kauai High School sudents removing mangrove debris

Some of the logs filling the bin.

Some of the logs filling the bin.

At the same time, hoards of Kauai High School students descended onto the field to clear it of the mangrove debris. By forming long lines, the 85-strong students managed to fill a bin to the brim with cut-up logs, and they kept the chipper fed with branches and roots until it could handle no more.

Mahalo to the many KHS students and teachers who worked so well together to help take back Niumalu from the invasive mangrove. It was a productive Earth Day.

Roots! Part of the mess we are dealing with

Roots! Part of what the menehune are attacking

Puka in the mangrove

Puka in the mangrove

Boardwalk now closer to  the retreating mangrove

Boardwalk now closer to the retreating mangrove

Perhaps the most effective attack during the past week has come from our hui of mad menehune. Armed with blazing chainsaws, they infiltrated the mangrove along the stream, pushed back the mangrove front where the biggest trees grew, punched a couple of holes in the center of the mangrove to expose the harbor on the other side of the Puali, and cleared a path at the back going out toward the small boat harbor. With so much cut and cleared, the menehune then took advantage of the high tide on Tuesday evening to move the boardwalk, which was mostly floating at the time.  It is now much closer to the retreating mangrove. Mahalo to those who worked in the mangrove mostly unseen: Buddy, Mark, Colin, Frank, Pepe, Mike, Scotty, Jan and Steve

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One Response to Retreating Mangrove

  1. Albert G says:

    Why can’t we do middle school, high school, or even collage students to collect water samples data for purity of water, find use of chips of mangrove partial board, factory.. Fisherie replenshing of river and costal resources.. educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, Sent from my iPhone

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