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Re-envision Maui: Reforesting Maui - Art Medeiros [Story Connective podcast 007-RM]

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Aloha fellow permies,
Story Connective just released its latest episode of our Re-envision Maui series called Reforesting Maui - interview with Art Medeiros
Hawaiʻi is home to some of the rarest plant species on earth. It is known as the endangered species capital of the world. We hear the inspiring story of a group of people working together to reforest part of the island of Maui. Art Medeiros and the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project have reclaimed and protected tracts of highly endangered forest as biological and cultural sanctuaries. With the help of volunteer tree planters, the project has begun to successfully restore some of this remarkable native habitat on the slope of Maui’s volcano Haleakalā. Art shares with us an inspiring story of resilience.

Auwahi Forest Restoration Project at auwahi.org
and Dr. Arthur Medeiros

Ridge Forests for Condensation and Soil Stability | Slopes >18° to be Forested
“Any settlement which fails to preserve natural benefits, and, for example, clears all forests, is bent on eventual extinction. …
The headwaters of streams seek to make sense of a sometimes indefinite slope pattern, giving way to the steep upper slopes, rarely (or catastrophically) of use to agriculture, but unfortunately often cleared of protecting forest and subject to erosion because of this. …
The main concern is water, as it is both the chief agent of erosion and the source of life for plants and animals. … At night the saturated air deposits droplets on the myriad of leaves of the ridge forests.
The gentle foothill country of area, brilliantly analysed for water conservation by [P.A.] Yeomans supports the most viable agricultures, if the forest above is left uncut. … The forests on the high slopes, coupled with the thermal belt of the house site make a remarkable difference to midslope climate and soil temperatures. Anyone who doubts this should walk towards an uphill forest on a frosty night, and measure or experience the warm down-draught from high forests.” p. 56, A Designer’s Manual, Bill Mollison

Topics we cover in this episode include: forest, reforestation, afforestation, volunteer, restoration, tree, Maui, Hawaiʻi, Haleakalā, endangered species, Auwahi, ahupuaʻa, ecosystem, spirituality, endemic species, museum forest, native species, geology, biology, culture, history, conservation, cattle, ranch, pasture, cow, invasive species, ethnobotany, spiritual, rainforest, birds, ecology, seeds, seedlings, pollination, soil, hydrology, Joseph Rock, biologist, botanist, conservationist, kauila, Alphitonia ponderosa, Colubrina oppositifolia, lama, Diospyros sandwicensis, Dalai Lama, sacred, Samuel Kamakau, Pleomele halapepe, the royal hala pepe, sweet potato, ‘uala, ‘uwala, biota, leeward, ʻōhiʻa lehua, Metrosideros polymorpha, Acacia koa, watershed, grassland, women, resilience, food security, fertile, sugarcane, plant, holistic, consciousness, reform, & managed grazing

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This episode is one of a series called Re-envision Maui, about an ongoing transition on the island of Maui. If you would like more background on this series, we suggest you checkout the episode entitled Re-envision Maui - Before and After Sugar.

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Auwahi forest, photo by Art Medeiros auwahi.org
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