The June 16th community meeting to roll out the draft Red Mangrove Invasive Species Action Plan was a great success. Approximately 25 community members joined us to learn about the project and provide input on the Plan. Dr. Carl Berg provided a tour of the demonstration site at Niumalu Beach Park, and Ruby Pap and Adam Asquith of UH Sea Grant presented the Draft Plan.
The presentation included a thorough description and discussion of the alternative techniques that were considered for eradicating red mangrove from 62 acres of the Hule`ia watershed.
Also, the process that the Malama Hule`ia took for deciding the methods and prioritization of the Alakoko Fish Pond was also discussed. After the presentation, the community provided thought provoking comments on the Plan, including:
-The pros and cons of the use of herbicide
-Waste management, including use of wood for building and using the biomass plant
-Green jobs opportunities
-Other fishpond restoration issues, including rebuilding the stone walls
The comment period is still open until July 1st. You may provide comments by emailing email@example.com.
Feel free to call Ruby Pap at (808)241-4183 or Sara Bowen (808)626-5210 if you have questions. We are especially interested in hearing from more people that own land along the Hule`ia River.