Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 12:30 am
The Garden Island
LIHUE — The Department of Land and Natural Resources is beginning a project to protect rare birds and their native forest habitat in Kauai’s Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve.
The natural area reserve stretches from sea level along the picturesque Na Pali coast up to the Alaka‘i plateau in the Hanalei and Waimea districts.
The reserve protects native forest watersheds, as well as 48 species of endangered plants, and six endangered bird species.
Hikers may experience these mist-shrouded forests by hiking on the Alaka‘i Swamp trail boardwalk. Many of the plants and bird species seen along the trail only exist on Kauai.
The project includes control of invasive weeds like Himalayan ginger and Australian Tree Ferns, non-native animal removal, and monitoring unique rare plants and animals.
A 3.3-mile fence from Pihea to Kilohana will exclude feral goats and pigs from 2,290 acres of high elevation forests.