When: Friday, February 24 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona
Details: The annual Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will highlight dryland forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawai‘i. The Symposium brings together researchers and conservationists to share their ideas on how to preserve and restore Hawaii’s remaining dryland forests. The symposium is open to the public.
Pacific Fire Exchange Field Trip: In partnership with Ka‘ahahui ‘O Ka Nahelehele and the States Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the PFX will be hosting a field trip as part of the conference. We will be exploring the Pu'u Wa'awa'a State Park in the context of fire mitigation and ecosystem services.
About Dryland Forests: The dryland forests of Hawai‘i are fragile habitats that are home to many of the rarest plants in the world. Dryland forests were once considered to be the most diverse forest ecosystems in the Hawaiian Islands, but have suffered decades of deforestation and degradation. Only remnant patches of these habitats of highly diverse communities of plants and animals remain today. The Dryland Forest Symposium provides a forum to discuss recent developments in dryland forest conservation and restoration, and an opportunity to interact with others interested in dryland forest ecology.