Pohakuokala Gulch Community Forest Restoration Project (Haleakalā Ranch, Maui)
Since 2002, Skyline Conservation Initiative has been restoring native ecosystems to enhance the health of the watershed in the montane mesic environment located at 4,000 ft elevation on the slopes of Mt. Haleakalā.
This work includes:
- Land clearing and removal of invasive species like Eucalyptus globulus
- Installation of native trees and shrubs sourced locally from the seeds of wild plants growing in the montane mesic ecosystem along the mid elevation slopes of Haleakalā
- Long-Term care and maintenance of native habitat for the benefit of future generations
- More than 5,000 native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers have been out-planted by more than 2,000 volunteers (link to Volunteer page).
- 6 acres of land has been cleared of invasive species and restored with native plants.
- The Pohakuokala Stream and Forest Restoration Project serves as an outdoor classroom where residents and visitors share an experience in nature and re-connect to the ecological identity of Kula Maui and learn about the ancient eco-systems that have disappeared from Maui’s developed and agricultural landscapes.
- The Pohakuokala Stream and Forest Restoration site is one of the most accessible and frequently visited restoration sites in Maui County.
- This site is visited by 25,000 people per year.