Environmental Law Program

ELS Spring Break Trip: Planting Natives to Restore Palilia Critical Habitat on Hawaiʻi Island!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor spring break 2014, two ELS students, Joanna Zeigler (’15) and Derek Brow (’16) joined the Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project (MKFRP) to plant native trees and restore critical habitat of the Palila, a critically endangered native finch-billed species of the Hawaiian Honeycreeper.

Planting took place inside a fenced mitigation area consisting of almost 5200 acres on the Northwest side of Mauna Kea called Puʻu Mali.  The trip to Puʻu Mali was a big success, where the crew planted 1,400 native plants including Mamane, Aʻaliʻi, Koa, and ʻIliahi.  The crew also enjoyed some extreme weather on Mauna Kea! Mahalo to Joanna Zeigler (’15) for organizing the trip and to Derek Brow (’16) for joining in on the fun and engaging in positive work to restore native forests and animals! We look forward to next year’s adventure!

In the photo from left to right:  Joanna Zeigler (’15), Forrest Phifer, Laurie Sumiye, Robert Stephens (supervisor for MKFRP), Derek Brow (’16), Casey (Americorps volunteer), Cheyanne Rapoza (field crew leader for MKFRP)