The East Moloka'i Watershed Partnership was formed in November 1999 to protect the best remaining native forest watershed areas of the East Moloka'i Mountains.
The 33,000-acre East Moloka'i watershed encompasses the rain forested mountains of East Moloka'i and the remote valleys and sea cliffs along its spectacular northern coast. On the southern slopes, feral goats are denuding the landscape, resulting in massive erosion and sedimentation that is damaging the longest continuous fringing reef in Hawai'i.
Since its grassroots formation in 1999, the East Moloka'i partnership has completed eight miles of fencing to protect the remaining upper forest and has begun programs to reduce goat populations below the fence. By protecting the forest above the fence and restoring the land beneath it, farming and fishing activities along the coast will benefit.
The Nature Conservancy’s Moloka`i Program is the partnership coordinator.
The partnership uses the traditional Hawaiian land division, or ahupua'a, approach to protecting the East Moloka'i watershed, with the upper native forests systems as the highest priority. Such an approach tries to protect watershed areas from the mountain top to the sea.
Controlling threats such as hoofed animals and invasive weeds are key strategies to protecting the best remaining native forest areas and to increase vegetation to the highly denuded, eroding mid-elevation, thus reducing the sedimentation rate that is severely impacting the adjoining fringing reef.
Contact: The Nature Conservancy Moloka`i Program, (808) 553-5236, firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Plans: EMoWP 2015 South Slope Management Plan; EMoWP 2015 Weed Control Plan; Pelekunu and Kamakou Preserves Long-Range Management Plans.