As with the other RC&Ds in Hawaii, Tri-Isle is assisting in developing long-term agreements with interested landowners who wish to enroll in the Safe Harbor Program. The Program provides a way for private landowners to help protect endangered species while avoiding the possibility of punishment for doing a good deed. The agreements allow a landowner to make habitat improvements to their property which hopefully results in increased numbers of threatened or endangered species. Subsequently harvesting of trees or other property maintenance that may result in inadvertent “taking” of endangered species will not result in a penalty or fine. The Agreement documents between NRCS, USFWS and Tri-Isle RC&D have been signed and submitted for final approval. Further government funding for this program for yearly maintenance and management is now questionable, so other sources are being pursued.
More than 200 acres of this rare remnant native dryland forest in South Maui is one of the last of it’s kind remaining in the state. The area is protected from axis deer and feral goat intrusion by an 8 ft. high fencing exclosure. This forest ecosystem has also been improved through outplanting of indigenous species. The area serves as an educational and ethnobotanical resource for present and future generations.
Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project Administrators of this project came to an agreement with Tri-isle RC&D to have it act as fiscal agent for their grants, mostly from state funds. The mission of MFBRP is to develop and implement techniques that recover Maui’s endangered birds and restore their habitat through research, development, and application of conservation techniques. Tri-Isle is working in partnership with the MFBRP, RCUH and the University of Hawaii, utilizing the same structure currently in place with MISC and East Maui Watershed Partnership. So far a donation of $19,979 has been received to support the project’s activities. Expending funds from their donation account and the recovery project is looking for additional funding for the operational end of this program. They have received a grant of $7K for a series of bird walks through HTA. Their recent fund raiser brought in approximately $4,000.