Landowner workshop coming

LIHUE — Learn how to benefit from state and federal landowner-assistance programs that support private forest-restoration efforts in a landowners’ forestry workshop on Saturday, March 11, hosted by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

The entities are bringing together a group of experts to meet the needs of forest owners and managers on Kauai.

The workshop’s focus is on forest management for early and mid-growth forests and the development of food forests. It was developed with input from the Kauai Garden Island Resource Conservation & Development Forestry Committee, and features visits to lands where owners are implementing such projects.

Seminars are planned on green energy, agroforestry programs, mid-growth forestry management, processing wood into other products, forest stewardship, conservation planning and federal farm bill programs.

Only 20 tickets are available. Interested landowners should register now. The deadline for early registration is Tuesday, March 7.

Lunch is included with the registration fee of $15. Participants should dress for hiking and rain, and bring cameras.

The workshop will take place at the Saiva Siddhanta Church in Wailua Homesteads, just off Kuamoo Road. The church is in the process of turning 80 acres of non-native grassland into a lowland native forest and hardwood plantation. The land was previously in sugar cane. Once that industry left, it was fallow until the church began working in the area in 2001. The church goal is to grow koa and mahogany, agricultural products such as noni, and a seed plantation for Kauai low-elevation koa that is disease- and rot-resistant, to be utilized by the monastery and community.

An adjoining neighbor, the Green Energy Team, is growing trees on a rotational basis to provide fuel for its seven-megawatt plant just outside Lihue, which provides 12 percent of Kauai’s power. They will present as well.

Register at: https://kauaiforestryworkshop2017.eventbrite.com.

Info: Michelle Gorham at (808) 729-1676 or Michelle.Gorham@gmail.com.

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