Malama Maunalua This O’ahu project was inherited from an organization that went defunct. TIRCD was asked to be the administrative agent for their multiple grants targeting Maunalua Bay restoration efforts.
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Tri-Isle’s partner, the Central Maui Soil and Water Conservation District is administering a granted project to develop a watershed plan above Kihei. TIRCD is working to assist when needed and seeks to complement efforts such as a recently submitted NOAA-BWETs educational grant application that would target 7/8th graders in a coastal marine sampling project complemented by a high school internship program. In this concept, Hihei Charter School’s students and faculty would be a central to the project.
For over 10 years, Tri-Isle has served as administrator for county grants to the Molokai-Lanai Soil and Water Conservation District, which fund a clerical position to promote SWCD programs
There are Watershed Partnerships on Maui and one on Lanai which include the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, East Maui Watershed Partnership, West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership and the Lanai Forest and Watershed Partnership received funding from the Maui County Office of Economic Development with administration by TIRCD. Their state organization is called the The Hawai`i Association of Watershed Partnerships.
East Maui Watershed Partnership – is a voluntary collaboration between the County of Maui, East Maui Irrigation Company, Haleakala Ranch, Haleakala National Park, Hana Ranch, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy to preserve and protect the 100,000-acre forested watershed on the windward slope of Haleakala. Formed in 1991, the partnership has had full-time staff since 2002, implementing a resource protection and environmental education program. Project staff spend their time in the remote rainforests of East Maui protecting native vegetation and rare species habitat by constructing fences that prevent feral animals (in particular pigs) from rooting, trampling, and browsing in these sensitive areas. Staff also hunt, remove invasive plant species, and collect data to monitor the project’s effectiveness.In the classroom, staff provide presentations and demonstrations on the importance of the East Maui watershed. Outdoor learning for students, community groups, and local businesses are offered through interpretive hikes lead by EMWP staff in Waikamoi Preserve.In 2006, the Partnership completed a fencing project, enclosing 12,000 acres of native forest. Future plans include additional fences to preserve and protect over 25,000 acres. To gain support for the project and increase community awareness on watershed protection, including the native plants and animals of the East Maui watershed, staff can be seen at community events and have also hosted two art exhibits, a watershed symposium and […]