Apr 25, 2017 9:57 pm Pacific/Honolulu

Wetland Restoration

Watershed restoration - Paradise ParkRecently, associates from the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani and CRT volunteered to work in an area on Paradise Park land on Oahu to help restore the land to be a natural wetland habitat.

The team began the work on clearing the vegetation around the pond on the lower end of the property that is going to become a native bird sanctuary.  Once occupied by alae ula (red-beaked moorhen), an endangered species, the goal is to restore the habitat to attract them back. Already in the area are auku'u (black-crowned night heron) and probably elepaio (also endangered) flying around, as well as Moluccan parrots, ducks, and other exotic birds.  

Watershed restoration - Paradise Park Watershed restoration - Paradise Park
The work included removal of macaranga trees, shrubs, branches, and other debris as well as the cutting of the tall grasses in the area. At a later date the debris will be chipped and the remains will be placed into a boggy area to increase the tilth or physical condition of the soil. The group is looking to volunteer in the area again this October.