by Diane Ware, Outings Chair Critical Habitat The Moku Loa Group has submitted comments in support of proposed critical habitat for three endangered plant species in the Kona area. The proposed areas include seven units totaling approximately 18,766 acres (7,597 hectares) on the island of Hawai‘i. The three species (Bidens micrantha-ko’oko’olau; Menzoneuron kavaiense-uhiuhi; and Isodendrion … Read moreReport by Outings Chair
High on the slopes of Mauna Loa, Kulani, (once known for its medium security prison) is rich with abundant native plants, birds and insects, and is threatened by invasive plants and ungulates. Our group had successfully lobbied for the inclusion of the Kulani area in the Pu’u Maka’ala Natural Area Reserve. This NAR is rated … Read moreConservation Issues
Chapter Conservation Chairs Debbie Ward and Lucienne DeNaie are soliciting interest in a statewide conservation committee for Issues that cross island boundaries, such as DLNR mammal hunting rules, and more. Envision/propose legislative action that have multi- island impacts, such as invasive sp, GMO labeling Taking initiative on statewide policy issues, such as land use, agriculture … Read moreCHAPTER CONSERVATION COMMITTEE
by Diane Ware Aquarium Reef Fish Collection. Ever wonder where all this (Tangs) have gone? Moku Loa Group Board has decided to advocate for more regulation and a possible moratorium on the collection of aquarium reef fish for export (a number of them endemic) until such time as taking these fishes can be documented to … Read moreCONSERVATION UPDATE 12/2010
by Debbie Hecht In the past year the Moku Loa Group has made comments on various conservation issues facing our island. We have sent comments in support of: Integrated Resources and Solid Waste Management – the Path to Zero Waste. It was reported in the Hilo Tribune that the amount of trash entering the Hilo … Read moreMOKU LOA CONSERVATION UPDATE 6/2010
by Cory Harden An Oregon real estate company that has filed for the protection of bankruptcy court owns 5,00 acres of land above Hilo containing some koa. Most of the land is zoned conservation, so it is unlikely they would get through all the legal requirements to cut koa. But 300-odd acres are zoned agriculture; … Read moreKOA LOGGING?
by Cory Harden Depleted Uranium There may be DU at Pohakuloa. A recent Army letter refers to the depleted uranium (DU) discovered on U.S. Army ranges at Schofield Barracks and the Pohakuloa Training Area. And the Schofield weapon system that contained DU may also have been used at Pohakuloa. The Army is conducting an evaluation … Read moreCONSERVATION REPORT