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Open House Meeting at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park for ‘Aimakapā Fishpond Wetlands Management

August 16, 2012

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

The National Park Service cordially invites you to attend an open house and public scoping meeting as part of our planning process under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act for the restoration of the ‘Aimakapā Fishpond Wetlands at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park on the island of Hawai’i. The meeting will be held at the Hale Ho’okipa visitor contact station at Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012.  Hale Ho‘okipa is located on the makai side of Queen Ka‘ahumanu Highway, three miles south of Kona International Airport.

 

     The National Park Service is developing an ‘Aimakapā Wetlands Vegetation and Waterbird Management Plan to address the management of alien plant and aquatic species, improve waterbird habitat for the endangered Hawaiian stilt and Hawaiian coot, and protect and stabilize historic properties.  We seek your kōkua and participation as we develop this Plan.  The Management Plan will include an Environmental Assessment (EA) that will analyze methods for removal and maintenance of invasive species as well as stabilization and preservation of historic properties.  The purpose of the meeting is to request your input in the development of the Management Plan/Environmental Assessment, to discuss a planned pilot study to hand-remove small plots of invasive alien vegetation that will aid in developing the Management Plan, and to initiate consultation with interested members of the public to identify and discuss historic properties within the project’s area of potential effect.  All parklands are included in the area of potential effect.

 

     ‘Aimakapā is a historically-important fishpond within the Honokohau Settlement National Historic Landmark, and is one of only two natural brackish wetlands on the Kona coast that has, in the past, supported significant numbers of federally-endangered Hawaiian stilt and Hawaiian coot. The pond is designated as ‘core habitat’ for these species in the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Plan for Hawaiian Waterbirds (2011).  However, in recent years, waterbird populations have declined significantly at ‘Aimakapā. This decline is believed to be due largely to loss of open water and mudflat habitats through overgrowth of alien invasive plant species.  This same overgrowth also threatens many important archeological features (structural platforms, rock walls, petroglyphs).   Kaloko-Honokōhau NHP’s General Management Plan/EIS (1994) and Resource Management Plan (1999) have identified restoration and management of ‘Aimakapā Fishpond as priority resource management actions.  We look forward to hearing your ideas, concerns, and thoughts about future management of ‘Aimakapā Fishpond.

 For More Info:

http://www.nps.gov/kaho/parkmgmt/index.htm

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