at Future Forests
Future Forests is a reforestation site in the Kona foothills. The site is a remnant dry forest that has been degraded over time by human habitation and grazing. There are some important native species that comprise the dry forest still present here and we are expanding the project around those species.
The challenge of this site is Leucaena leucocephala, haole koa, which was brought to Hawaii in the mid-1800’s as cattle feed. It is native to Central America and is an invasive species in Hawai’i, forming monotypic stands and pushing out native species. The low green plants in this picture are thousands of small haole koa seedlings that have to be constantly eradicated so native plants can be planted to rebuild the dry forest.