Waimea Native Forest

Photo of Waimea Native ForestPhoto credit: TPL Staff

At famous Waimea Bay, surfers ride big waves, humpback whales give birth, and spinner dolphins rest. Storm events bring sediment and pollution runoff that hinder all of these activities. In the mountains that frame Waimea Bay, The Trust for Public Land is working to buy over 3,700 acres of forested watershed that feeds into the bay.

This effort, in partnership with the Hawai'i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), will promote restoration of native forestation and ground cover that will reduce storm impact, improve the watershed, and protect vital habitat for native bird, bat, insect and plant species. With The Trust for Public Land's past and current efforts in the lower Waimea ahupua'a—Waimea Valley (2006) and Pu'ukua (current)—the entire watershed, from summit to sea, will be protected.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.