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West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership

Love it?  Leave it alone.  Leave no trace.  Like that precious, irreplaceable koa surfboard that was passed down to you by your great grandfather, there are some things in this world worth cherishing from afar.

Extremely delicate ecosystems (like Eke Crater) are like family heirlooms. They take a long, long time to become what they are today, and no amount of money can purchase or recreate them once they are damaged or destroyed.  In these places, one footstep can create an irrevocable impression. - See damage photos.

You can protect your island\'s natural heritage by respecting the \"no trespassing\" signs posted at watershed management areas.

Each of you has the power to protect or destroy.  Each time you clean your boots before a hike, each time you decide to stay on a designated trail instead of creating or using a shortcut, each time you forego the temptation of running your ATV on new terrain, you are defending your \'aina.  And believe it or not, you are protecting your water supply too!

More tips on how to have fun outdoors, responsibly.

Tips for Low Impact Outdoor Fun

* Respect kapu or "no trespassing" signs marking watershed management areas.  These areas are sensitive to human activity and take a long time to recover, if at all.  Still want to see the forest? Check out our "Places to hike" page!

* Avoid riding ATVs, mountain bikes or motorcycles in non-designated areas.  These activities can increase erosion and decrease water quality.  You may be killing native plants and disturbing the nest sites of endangered birds.

* Brush boots, socks, backpacks and tents before you head out to minimize spreading seeds and eggs that may be invasive.  Thus far, we have kept monster weeds like Miconia out of West Maui (knock on wood), and we need your help to keep this and other weeds out.

* Stay on designated trails.  New trails = dead plants and insects, more erosion, newly opened habitat for invasive seeds (that fell off your unbrushed boots), and makes a nice invitation to feral pigs and other humans to use it too, thus creating even more damage.  See damage photosPlaces to hike.

* Leave no trace.  Respect the 'aina and hike out what you hiked in.  Food crumbs, wrappers, and other trash provide fodder for rats and feral cats that thrive in the forest and threaten Nene and other native bird populations. 

Here are the principles to Leave No Trace.