Kauaʻi Projects & Plans
The Kauaʻi Forestry & Wildlife Branch engages in a number of projects and partnerships across our island. Information below is provided to help Kauaʻi residents understand the work of the Branch in some of the projects we undertake to steward our natural and cultural resources. If you’re looking for a management plan or other resource related to a specific location on Kauaʻi and don’t see it below, try checking our Kauaʻi Lands page to find a specific Natural Area Reserve, Forest Reserve, or other area.
Proposed & Potential Projects
Proposed Hoofed Animal Fences and Honopu Predator Control
Fencing is a proven way to stop nonnative, hoofed animals from damaging remote, intact native forests and to allow recovery of native plants and animals.On Kauaʻi 3% of native forests have been protected to date by fencing. This amount of protection is far less than other islands. Kauaʻi DOFAW strives to do better!
The web map below shows some proposed hoofed animal fences and a potential “free zone.” You can learn more about this tool and proposed projects, including predator control in Honopu Valley, on our Fencing page.
Potential Campsites, Shelters, and Maintenance Tail
DLNR-DOFAW currently maintains features like roads, trails, campsites, and shelters and to improve hiker and hunter access. Due to lack of funding and damage from natural disasters, certain features are in disrepair. DLNR-DOFAW works with the Na Ala Hele Advisory Committee to prioritize which features should be maintained more regularly, or new features to create. The web map below shows some potential new sites for campsites and shelters, as well as a maintenance trail connecting the Kuʻia Natural Area Reserve and Nā Pali-Kona Forest Reserve.
The projects below are ongoing efforts. Many are collaborations with the University of Hawaiʻi or other groups.
Here you can learn about some of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife’s (DOFAW) current and proposed Kauaʻi projects. Hikers, Hunters, cultural practitioners, and other visitors are the eyes and ears of the forest and can greatly inform where the DOFAW should focus its limited resources.
On the interactive map below, click on any number of map layers, or overlay them on top of each other to learn more about trails, hunting areas, shelters, as well as potential new projects or changes in the future. Not sure how to use the map? View our tutorial video here. Many of the new projects or changes take funds that we don’t yet have and/or time to accomplish. After using the below Story Map and reading more in this website, please give us your manaʻo by emailing us at [email protected].