Pu‘u Mali Forest Carbon Project
The Puʻu Mali Restoration Area (PMRA) is an area of about 5,500 acres which used to be prime forest habitat before being converted into agricultural land. The area was fenced and domestic and feral ungulates were removed. Beginning in 2004, and continuing presently, the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has conducted a forest restoration program on the proposed addition to reforest agricultural grassland with the purpose to recharging the watershed and providing a long-term habitat for Palila (Loxioides bailleui). Reforestation will withdraw an estimated 98,000 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere.
Revitalizing our native forests will help to provide a habitat for our native species. For example, the highly endangered Palila (Fringillidae Lexoides bailleui) is one of the main beneficiaries of the Puu Mali project.