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This page last revised 05 December 2007 -- S.M.Gon III
TNC Action Sites
Maps & Figures
Arguably the world's wettest region, the Alaka'i plateau occupies central montane Kaua'i.
Kaua‘i boasts one of the richest forest bird concentrations in the ecoregion.
By the end of 2006, a growing Kaua‘i Program was established,realizing an on-island presence for TNC. A landscapewatershed management partnership, called the Kaua‘i WatershedAlliance (KWA) was formed, comprised of major landowners, and the Kaua‘i County Board of Water Supply.
TNC was contractedto draft a management planforthe partnership lands. This was completed in 2005 and includesgeospatially explicit plans for areas of ungulate and weed control, thetwo critical threats. As part of a "Go Deep" intensive managementeffort, priority weeds are the current focus of active intervention.
TNC has also been contracted by the KWA to be the primeimplementation contractor of its watershed management plan. Implementation has begun on the key elementsof the plan, which are very closely aligned with the management needsof conservation targets identified in the Kaua‘i Conservation Area of our ecoregionalportfolio, defined by a Conservation Action Plan (CAP) drafted for Kaua‘i.
In November 2007, TNC made a majorland management agreement on Kaua‘i,establishing the 7,050 acre Wainiha Preserve in cooperation with A&B, which complements our earlier management agreement with them at Kanaele Bog, a low-elevation, high-diversity "hotspot." We are exploring other selected conservation easements and agreements.
‘Ili‘ili‘ulastream drains from the core of the Kaua‘i Watershed down steepwindward cliffs into the Lowland Wet Ecological System.