DLNR to discuss Kokee reforestation project

LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife will hold a series of public informational meetings about the ongoing Kokee Area Restoration and Reforestation project.

In January 2013, Gov. Neil Abercrombie issued an emergency proclamation calling for swift mitigation actions in response to the 2012 fires that burned nearly 3,000 acres and negatively impacted the Hikimoe, Ha‘ele‘ele, Makaha, Miloli‘i, and Ka‘ula‘ula watersheds. 

Since then, a number of access roads have been improved and cleared of hazardous trees and grass seed has been applied throughout the burned areas to reduce erosion. In the spring of 2015, burnt trees will be sustainably harvested and replanting will take place from October to December of that year. 

The project could cost up to $4 million.

Public informational meetings to discuss this project will be held:

• Monday, Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m. at Kalaheo Elementary School Cafeteria

• Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6-8 p.m. at Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Cafeteria

• Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m. at Waimea Canyon Middle School Cafeteria

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