Volunteers and conservationists join together in a restoration effort to secure a vibrant future for the island and native species.
Since bombing stopped on Kaho’olawe more than 20 years ago, 9 million pounds of ordnance have been cleared from the island in the process of reviving and restoring the island. Although the island has been cleared of the debris from years of military use, the surrounding waters have not been cleared and still remain filled with remnants of military action. Volunteers and conservationists are passionate about restoration on the island and returning the Kaho’olawe to the paradise it used to be over 60 years ago.
After decades of invasive species and bombing on the island, conservationists are working to restore native vegetation and reduce soil erosion. Using all the resources at their disposal and finding inventive ways to protect plant seedlings, the Protect Kaho’olawe Ohana and the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission are working to save the island.
Island Conservation, in partnership with the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, is dedicated to the restoration of the seabird population on Kaho’olawe by removing invasive species. One day this island paradise will thrive once again with native vegetation and a flourishing seabird colony.
Watch and read more about the history and recovery of Kaho’olawe:
Featured photo: Kaho’olawe landscape. Credit: MJ Mazarek/Island Conservation
- BBC’s The Inquiry Features Island Conservation CEO, Karen Poiani - January 14, 2019
- Conservationists Say Goodbye to Lonely George the Last Living ‘Achatinella apexfulva’ Snail - January 10, 2019
- The New York Times: The Growing Impact of Climate Change on the Galápagos - January 4, 2019
- 2018 in Review – Important Moments and Successes in Conservation - December 25, 2018
- Research and Discoveries in Island Restoration in 2018 - December 25, 2018
- NPR’s Skunk Bear: The Recovery of the Channel Island Fox - December 17, 2018
- Removing Big-headed Ants from Lord Howe Island - December 7, 2018
- Accounting for Species Origins in Biodiversity Assessments - December 3, 2018
- The Road to Recovery on Mona Island - November 28, 2018
- Jonathan Franzen – Novelist and Bird Conservation Advocate - November 19, 2018