Last month, our community outreach team Maybeleen and Kili participated in Hilo’s First Annual Community Climate Fair on June 17th, 2023. We were so inspired after interacting with so many wonderful organizations who are working towards a greener Hawaii. This opportunity gave us the chance to meet with the public and share our research. Mahalo Kara Neal for organizing this incredible event, we hope to see you all next year!
In Oct 2021, UH Hilo students visited the field to participate in an outplanting of trees to assist the Hawaii Army National Guard in further developing hybrid forest ecosystems. Students participated as part of the Kāwili Kine Culture program, an inter-departmental program collaboration with the UH Hilo Center for Global Education and Exchange and the University Housing Office, that was created to engage on-campus residents with opportunities in the local community. Read more about it!
Did you know that the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division has expanded its Native Forest Dedication Program with improved financial incentives and expanded choices for preservation and restoration projects? With five categories to choose from, dedicating land to native forest has never been easier as eligible landowners now have more options to qualify for the property tax incentives offered by the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division.
In addition, the Real Property Tax Division has created new resources that are specifically designed to support Hawaiʻi County landowners who participate in this newly updated program. New resources include a native, non-native/non-invasive plant species list, a list of nurseries where native plants can be purchased, and a management plan template document that landowners can use to develop their own native forest management plan without the help of a certified natural resource management professional. To learn more about this program and what you can do to get involved, please visit the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: http://www.hawaiipropertytax.com/ for more information.
DO I QUALIFY? Check out this [FLOWCHART] to see if you meet the criteria.
The new functional forest and successional forest land-use dedication categories provides Hawaiʻi County landowners with more options to qualify for property tax incentives.
A plant species list with 68 native and 66 carefully selected non-native/non-invasive plant species can help individuals determine what types of plants they can incorporate into their native forest restoration endeavors. This plant species list with descriptions is available on the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: [Plant Species List]
A native plant nursery list which includes an alphabetical directory of Big Island nurseries that specialize in selling and distributing native plants, including their contact information. The native plant nursery list is available on the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: [Nursery List]
A management plan template document that is intended to provide landowners with a simple step-by-step guide on how to dedicate land to one of three native forest dedications, and to take the guesswork out of developing a native forest management plan. The management plan template document is available at the County of Hawaiʻi Real Property Tax Division website at: [Management Plan Template]
We held an event in May 2019 and invited all former project staff and some volunteers to come back and see the changes in the forest. Here we are holding up a timeline of the project (pictured from right to left: Becky Ostertag, Amanda Uowolo, Susan Cordell, Nicole DiManno Martin).
Seedling studies, established plant measurements on growth, seed input and litterfall, and maintenance have been part of regular Pilina objectives this past year, we have also continued phenology studies, soil decomposition experiment and are now wrapping up the two year count of ʻŌhiʻa seeds. The site and crew has managed through several natural disaster warnings and plots remain intact and resilient.
We were fortunate that our plots did not receive any damage from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Iselle, and we are a long way from the current lava flow coming from Kilauea volcano. Our first seedling monitoring effort was a great success! The results are in, and we have more than two orders of magnitude of native seedlings per m2 in our treatment plots than in our reference plots. In other words- while in the reference plots there is less than one seedling per square meter, some of our treatment plots have more than 10 seedlings in the same area!