Objective 1. CES staff, natural
resource professionals, and growers will learn about re-establishing
native forests, including koa forests, and managing these forests
for both conservation and economic benefits.
The extension forester, Dr. J. B. Friday, organized a special session
at the annual Hawaii Conservation Conference on Restoration Forestry.
The session included three contrasting case studies and an overall
presentation on the philosophy of forest restoration. Dr. Friday
presented the session on koa restoration. The session was attended
by over 300 people and evaluations were overwhelmingly positive.
The RREA project sponsored five CTAHR staff to attend the Conference,
where they met with scientists and natural resource professionals
throughout the state.
Objective 2. CES staff, natural resource
professionals, and growers will learn about koa silviculture, including
natural regeneration, planting, provenance and superior tree selection,
timber stand management, and economic evaluation.
Along with research foresters Nick Dudley from the Hawaii Agriculture
Research Center and Paul Scowcroft from the USDA Forest Service
Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, the extension forester worked
to develop and maintain a demonstration site for koa silviculture
on private land held by Kamehameha Schools. Management of the demonstration
site included two rounds of fertilization and periodic re-measurement
of trees. A full-time intern on the project was paid for by the
landowner. Data from the demonstration site will be used in developing
extension materials and field visits for forest landowners. The
extension forester participated in a koa field day hosted by Dr.
Patrick Baker of The Nature Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service
and two planning sessions hosted by Kamehameha Schools.
Dr. Friday co-authored a leaflet on koa along with Craig Elevitch
and Kim Wilkinson as part of the Traditional Trees for Pacific Islands
project of Permanent Agriculture Resources of Hawaii.
Objective 3. CES staff, natural resource
professionals, and growers will learn about plantation forestry
technology, including tree seed technology, forest mensuration,
thinning and pruning of forest plantations, and silviculture of
native/Polynesian introduced tree species.
The extension forester taught a 3 day workshop in plantation establishment
as part of a “Forestry Short Course” organized by the
USDA Forest Service Institute of Pacific Island Forestry. The audience
included technical forestry staff from Hawaii, Guam, the northern
Marianas, Micronesia, Palau, and Samoa. Part of the workshop was
held at a one-acre demonstration forestry site maintained by the
The RREA program funded the creation of a website on Forestry and
Agroforestry Trees for Hawaii, to be published as part of the Hawaii
Forestry Extension website (http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/).
The new website includes photographs and information on 55 popular
forestry species in Hawaii. The forestry extension website includes
an additional 30 pages of forestry information. The website was
accessed 1785 times in the year, including 365 “hits”
from University of Hawaii addresses.
The program published the first electronic version of the newsletter
“Hawaii Forestry News.” The newsletter is available
on the website. Two hundred ninety copies of the newsletter were
sent out electronically to local forestry clients while another
180 copies were sent to local clients and state forestry leaders
around the US.
The proceedings of the 2001 Hawaii Forest Industry Symposium, Growing
Working Forests for Hawaii’s Future, were printed and distributed
to the 140 symposium participants. The proceedings have become popular
as an extension manual and 85 copies have been requested by foresters
and landowners since its publication.
The extension program continues to modify and use the forestry
financial evaluation model developed by the RREA program in 1999
and 2000. Distribution of the leaflet is well into a second printing
of 250 copies, while more copies were downloaded from the website.