On November 20, 1998, state and private landowners officially formed the West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership.
50,000 acres of forest and watershed vegetation occupy the summit and slopes of the West Maui Mountains. Management priorities for this land include:
1) feral animal control
2) weed control
3) human activities management
4) public education & awareness
5) water and watershed monitoring
6) management coordination improvements
Watershed partnerships are voluntary alliances of public and private landowners committed to the common value of protecting large areas of forested watersheds for water recharge and conservation values. While the members of the partnership have different priorities, mandates, and constituencies, all share this common commitment.
Our work is directed by two partner-approved guiding documents: an overarching Watershed Management Plan and more specific Weed Management Plan.
The Watershed Management Plan details program goals, objectives, actions and budgets necessary to protect watershed resources through the coming years.
The Weed Management Plan operates in tandem with the former to strategize control of priority weed species that threaten the functional integrity of the watershed.
The Benefit of Partnerships
With ownership of forested lands in Hawai'i evenly split between public and private landowners, effective conservation can't be achieved without the cooperation of both. By bringing public and private landowners together around a shared interest, such as watershed protection, these partnerships benefit forest conservation in a variety of ways:
* They exponentially expand our ability to protect forestlands quickly and efficiently.
* They allow for more comprehensive conservation planning
* They enable land managers to construct fences and remove feral animals across land ownership boundaries.
* They make for more efficient use of partnership resources and staff.
* They allow for greater unity in applying for public funding.
* They provide greater access to other funding opportunities.