Hawaii plans reforestation effort on Maui

Hawaii plans reforestation effort on Maui

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - State officials are planning to help restore a native dryland forest that once covered leeward areas of Maui.

The Maui News reports that the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife released a draft management plan earlier this month for the Nakula Natural Area Reserve that includes restoration efforts.

The division estimates the reforestation will cost about $210,000 in fiscal year 2016 and $155,000 in fiscal year 2017.

The 1,500-acre preserve, which begins at the 3,600-foot elevation range on Haleakala's leeward slope, is home to two endangered endemic native forest birds. The endangered Hawaiian hoary bat can also be found there.

Conservationists plan to plant native trees, which they have been doing since February 2014, and control invasive species.

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