DLNR Outplants Native Species at Kaala Natural Area Reserve

Plants that are critically endangered will be reintroduced to their native habitat in a unique bog

Yesterday, volunteers, along with staff of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) conducted an outplanting of native plants at the Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve, the highest peak on Oahu.

Kaala

DLNR photo. This critically endangered plant had fewer than 75 individuals left in the wild. Today’s outplanting tripled its population. The flowers are traditionally used as lei.

Protection of Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve’s watershed forests by restoring native forest ecosystems is critical for maintaining the water supply of West and Central Oahu. Volunteers reintroduced the critically endangered kamakahala – with fewer than 100 individuals remaining in the wild –to its native habitat in the ridges of Mt. Kaala.

Members From DLNR’s  Natural Area Reserves System, Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership, and volunteers from Oahu Army Natural Resource Program collaborated to outplant 150 Kamakahala plants. DLNR photo.

Members From DLNR’s Natural Area Reserves System, Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership, and volunteers from Oahu Army Natural Resource Program collaborated to outplant 150 Kamakahala plants. DLNR photo.

A hundred and fifty plants were planted thanks to collaboration the Board of Water Supply, Oahu Army Natural Resource Program, Waianae Mountains Watershed Partnership and DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Plant Extinction Prevention (PEP) program.

Members of the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership team up with Volunteers from the  Oahu Army Natural Resource Program to support efforts to restore the Kamakahala in its natural habitat. DLNR photo.

Members of the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership team up with Volunteers from the Oahu Army Natural Resource Program to support efforts to restore the Kamakahala in its natural habitat. DLNR photo.

These new plantings will help strengthen the integrity of the forest watershed by maintaining the biodiversity of the Hawaiian forest.

For more information on Mt. Kaala Natural Area Reserve go to
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/nars/reserves/oahu/mountkaala

For information on the DLNR Rare Plant Program check out:
http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/rareplants/rareplantprogram

 

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