Conserve and restore native plant communities to provide habitats for endangered plants and animals.
Removal of Kahili Ginger, Strawberry Guava and Privet
Critical habitat for endangered plant species and home to the Hawaiian Hoary Bat and Nene Goose
~Restoration and Management of Declining Habitat
~ Upland Wildlife Habitat Management
Cooperator in Limahuli
Establishment of native species to provide habitat for native insects and endangered plants.
~Upland Wildlife HabitatManagement
Farm in Kalaheo
To produce quality crops while maintaining resources.
Help alleviate soil erosion in immediate area planned and improve soil condition and plant health.
Orchard and cacao trees
~ Conservation Cover
Farm in Hanapepe
Convert abandoned cropland into a sustainable field-stock nursery.
~Tree and Shrub Establishment
Farm in Moloaa & Kilauea
Sustain an organic avocado farm by enhancing organic matterand using nutrients more effectively.
To improve nutrient management system and provide increased ground cover to improve soil quality and to control invasive plants.
Two lots; 5 ac. and 17 ac.
Ranch in Kipu
Maintain an economically viable grazing operation that is also environmentally sustainable.
Grazing animals will be used to improve pasture conditions by increasing utilization of undesirable forages, rattail while increasing productivity and vigor of desirable species, kikuyugrass and pangola grass
~ Prescribed Grazing
~ Water Facility
Ranch in Hanamaulu
Develop a sustainable grazing system for their cow/calf operation
975 ac. (514 ac.)
Ranch in Wailua
Maintain an economically viable and environmentally sustainable livestock enterprise that will improve livestock distribution and harvest efficiencies.
Management strategy is sensitive to water quality issues and plant community habitat types.
Ranch in Kahili Ridge
Develop a sustainable grazing system.
Plant community consists of Hilo and Carpet grass, would like increase plant community to a more productive forage such as Pangola grass.
Hosted by Kauai County Farm Bureauand the UH College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources at KCC
Provides a network of resources to Kauai residents and visitors who are interested in agriculture
East and West Kauai SWCDs shared a booth with NRCS and FSA
Provide educational material to the public about conservation as well as information about our agencies
Farm Bureau County Fair
East and West Kauai SWCDs participate with NRCS and FSA
Publicizes our activities and role with natural resources conservation
County Department of Water Annual Make A Splash Water Festival
Held in September
5 thgraders on island
Promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources with youth.
Conservation Awareness Contest
Land Judging Contest
Held in November
Receive assistance from UH Cooperative Extension Service and the State Department of Education
High school students learn the importance of natural resource conservation in agricultural production.
21. Duties of a conservation specialist require me to participate in a variety of different activities including:
Providing technical assistance
Engineering and elevation surveys
Education and outreach
Support and assistance for partners, NRCS, USDA
How and why your position is so important to the SWCD?
Contribute to the districts by being involved in a variety of related areas including:
Erosion control plan reviews of agricultural lands
Federal cost-share assistance for small agricultural operationsby reviewing an approving conservation plans
Control of non-point source pollution
Wildlife habitat preservation
Again without conservation specialist our environment will greatly affected. With our main goal reducing soil erosion and sediment due to runoff to prevent non-point source pollution of our streams, rivers and ocean, I believe we can make a difference!